CEWC in house seminar

Report and recommendations: CEWC in-house seminar, 25 July 2007Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a tool for Education in World Citizenship

FacilitatorHilary Hunt
Participants

Christoph Wyld,John Waddleton, Les Stratton, Natasha Eggett, Nazir Walji, Noura Moujahid, Zrinka Mendes, [Cynthia Jones was able to attend a small part of the seminar] Apologies: John Gordon, Jude Smith Rachele’ Michael Freeston, Richard Ennals’ Urszula Basini

Overview

The seminar arose out of strategic planning work and the Executive Board decision that human rights education is to be a main strand of CEWC’s approach. It was devised for those who have been involved in and are thus familiar with CEWC’s developing strategic plans.

The aims for participants were:1) to develop confidence in their grasp of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a tool for education in world citizenship2) to develop a plan of action to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UDHR in 2008 Part one of the seminar focussed on Getting to know the UDHR in a series of activities to stimulate discussion about internationally agreed human rights and become familiar with the UDHR and the international human rights treaty system. Part two of the seminar focussed on making links between the UDHR and CEWC’s vision of education for world citizenship, as a starting point for creating a programme of CEWC activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UDHR in 2008. Attached are participants’ recommendations; the seminar outline and list of handouts.

Evaluations

Participants’ evaluations
  • Four people felt much more confident about the their grasp of the content, meaning and scope of the UDHR as a tool for education in world citizenship; two people quite a lot more confident and one person a little more confident.
  • The most interesting things people learned were:
    • Understanding the basis of human rights
    • The indivisibility of rights
    • There’s still a lot of ground to be covered universally
    • How complicated it is!
    • The legal status of Declaration v ratification
    • The common aims of the group
    • Thinking about the negative connotations of human rights
  • Challenges people found in learning about the UDHR included
    • The mechanics of the legal nature of the implementation of the UDHR
    • To think of the context in which I could apply human rightso Enforceability of the articles universally
    • Remembering all the articles
  • All would attend a further CEWC in-house seminar, for example, on the Convention on the Rights of the Child Facilitator’s evaluation:My own aim was for all the key CEWC activists to have an opportunity to actively work and learn together, to have the common knowledge base essential to sound planning in what can be seen as a controversial field, to strengthen understanding of how complex the interrelatedness of human rights and life is.

Everyone participated in a challenging and thoughtful way throughout, demonstrating their engagement with the UDHR and the learning which arose from the various activity-based discussions. The depth of the wide-ranging discussions meant that we made a start on rather than complete the plan for 2008, but I considered the discussions were vital to give us a solid foundation from which to move forward with more confidence. The evaluations show how varied responses to human rights are, and thus support the appropriateness of the seminar content and methodology. Specific ideas elicited in activities and comments given in evaluations highlight areas to be further addressed and explored. It was most unfortunate that five key CEWC activists were absent. Last-minute invitations to non-mainstream CEWC people were mostly successful, but also partially disruptive.

Recommendations

Participants’ recommendations: See attached notes on1) A draft Bill of Rights for CEWC’s world of world citizens2) 2008 action planks Facilitator’s recommendations:1) Support Director’s suggestion for a similar seminar for those who were absent on 25 July; re-invite those who attended the CEWC strategic planning meeting and couldn’t attend this seminar.2) Plan a second in-house seminar, on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 3) Use participants’ recommendations to develop programme of hre work, with products to attract funding and promote CEWC.

Participants’ recommendations

A draft Bill of Rights for CEWC’s world of world citizens would:

  • Have all rights included (UDHR Art 2[1]) And include the following specified rights Ø Life (UDHR Arts 1, 3)
  • Freedom of expression (UDHR Arts18, 19, 22)
    • ideas
    • culture
    • religion
  • Non-discrimination (UDHR Art 2)
  • Basics for quality of life: water, energy, health, home, clothing, family (UDHR Arts 24, 25)
  • Inclusion in decision-making (UDHR Art 21)
  • To be a productive member of society (UDHR Art 23)
  • Education (UDHR Art 26)Ø Equality, freedom, respect (UDHR Arts 1, 2 12)
  • Peace (free from physical attack) (UDHR Arts 3, 5, 12, 14, 20, 30)
  • Duty to be responsible (UDHR Arts 29,30) 2008 action planks should include
  • Marketing the message that CEWC is in business (TES etc)
  • Website materials for teachers
  • Website materials for young people to access
  • MUNGAs in schools (in collaboration with eg UNA)
  • MQ lecture with an international human rights bigshot eg HCHR
  • Easter and summer holiday workshops on human rights at KU
  • Museums
  • Ethics in education
  • Education for the disabled
  • Intercultural education
  • Repeating this kind of workshop for others: organizations, teachers

Seminar outline

Getting to know the UDHR
  1. Ice-breaker discussion: the relative importance of rights
  2. Introductions
  3. Dispelling the myths about human rights
  4. What are human rights? Basic concepts
  5. What is a universal human right?
  6. History of UDHR and human rights treaty system incl ratification
  7. Q&A
  8. coffee

CEWC’s world of world citizenship

  1. Which UDHR rights are most important to you as a person?
  2. Create a new planet of active, ethical, responsible world citizens. Compare your Bill of Rights with the UDHR.
  3. Start work on calendar and plan of action for CEWC to celebrate / promote UDHR in 2008 (60th anniversary)
  4. WAR by Bob Marley – world citizenship
  5. Q&A
  6. Evaluation
  7. Finish Handouts: What are human rights? (BCHRS)What is human rights education? (BCHRS and WPOA)Articles 28 and 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child


[1] UDHR Articles were identified in a workshop activity, and are not definitive

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