Human Rights and Peace Education

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
11 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019

Professor Gal Harmat

In a changing world questions and dilemmas in regard to human right and peace education are part of peace and human rights workers, daily lives. How can education promote sustainable peace? What are human rights and how do they play a role in formal and informal educational systems? And, how can we assist educators integrate gender, sustainable peace education and human rights discourse into school and educational curriculums and how human rights can change the future of schooling?

The course explores the notion of sustainable peace and human rights and the educational practices of peace education and human rights, including legal instruments, the educational work of human rights and sustainable peace organizations and activists and the ways of advocating for human rights.

We will begin with an overview of the methodologies of sustainable peace practices, human right education, while covering a wide range of civil and political rights, economic and social rights, and women’s rights and their expression in educational (formal and informal) curriculums and textbooks. We will explore human rights as a governing principle for dialogue and as a basic principal of living together. We will focus on human rights education as a means to working towards the materialization of the cosmopolitan ideals of justice and peace. 

More specifically, this course will set a foundation practical tool to promote sustainable peace and human rights education and will explore the potential of human rights frameworks for the everyday context in and beyond schooling. Another specific focus will be put on the realization of sustainable peace, human rights' histories and her-stories through a Human Rights and Peace Education Open Source Materials Project that will mobilize students to dream, develop, design and write and produce an online video of virtual children’s book on a human right campaign, organization or activist from the past or present.

Gal Harmat

Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace) and corporate donors (e.g. United Bank of Switzerland; Optimus Foundation). She is currently a Georg Arnhold fellow.

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