Human Rights & Education

Human Rights & Education

1st Edition - October 9, 1987

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  • Editor: N. Bernstein Tarrow
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483295220

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This book discusses the relationship between human rights and education. Education as a human right and education for human rights are currently the topics of considerable debate worldwide. In addition to their traditional role of transmitting knowledge and values, education systems are being pressed to respond to a new range of aspirations and to a wide variety of economic, political, social and cultural developments whose roots lie outside the education system. Human rights education is much wider than just teaching about human rights; it should lead to an understanding of, and sympathy for, the concepts of democracy, justice, equality, freedom, solidarity, peace, dignity, rights and responsibilities. Young people are guaranteed their right to education, and education systems should equip them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need if they are to take an active part in the operation of democratic institutions.


For policy makers, students of peace and conflict studies, education and international relations and educational anthropology; also for students of political science, sociology and public policy.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue. Part 1. Education as a Human Right: Human rights and education: an overview. Rights of access and equal opportunity: focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The right to education free from discrimination: the case of India and Saudi Arabia. Exceptional abilities and educational rights: concern for the handicapped and gifted in Britain, China and Indonesia. The right to literacy. The right to education for multicultural development: Canada and Israel. Right to education for employment and mobility: Norway and Yugoslavia. The right to lifelong education in Kenya and the United States with special reference to adult education. The rights of parents, students and teachers in Canada and the Philippines. The right to a political education. Part 2. Education about Human Rights: Human rights education in schools. Education about human rights: teacher preparation. Human rights and education viewed in a comparative framework: synthesis and conclusions. Epilogue. Appendices. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 261
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2014
  • Published: October 9, 1987
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483295220

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N. Bernstein Tarrow

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California State University, Long Beach, USA

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