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Human Rights Education

Human dignity is the core of human rights and human rights education, and is granted to all human beings irrespective of religious, birth, gender or civilization.
Human rights education needs a three-dimensional approach to be effective:
Knowledge-based (to know about human rights: e.g. the history of rights, how democracy functions), skills-based (for human rights: self-knowledge and self awareness, realising your own prejudices) and environment-based (in or through human rights: creating a “whole-school policy”).

The Austrian educational principle of citizenship education, which has been in force since 1978, includes human rights education. The content parameters are decreed as a basic principle. This means that every teacher can be called upon to teach citizenship education – even at primary level. The general ordinance was brought up-to-date in terms of a modern didactics of politics in 2015. A new curricula became effective in the 2016/17 school year, which makes citizenship education from grade 6 and up compulsory, through the subject, "History and Citizenship Education", and also comprises teaching on topics of human rights.

polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools helps teachers bring citizenship and human rights education into the classroom. The work of polis incorporates the transfer of knowledge as well as the raising of awareness and the strengthening of social skills.

Further ongoing projects are run in the extracurricula education:

The postgraduate programme European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) aims at educating experts in the field of human rights and democratisation and preparing them for their future work.

The Training Curriculum on Fundamental Rights for Judgeship Trainees is based on a tandem-principle, in which human rights experts from university together with senior judges, will introduce the trainees into fields of national law that are notably linked to the diverse fundamental and human rights issues.

The University of Vienna offers students the the opportunity to study human rights in an international, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented environment though the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights.

Next Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights to be held in 2021

After a successfully implemented Straniak Academy for Democracy and Human Rights in September 2019 in Ulcinj/Montenegro, we regret very much that we have to cancel the this year’s Academy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of next year we will inform about the application modalities for the Academy in September 2021 which will probably take place again in Montenegro.

Conference: Jugend im Kontext von Prävention, Deradikalisierung & Demokratiekultur

Presentation of the outcomes of the study "Jugendliche in der offenen Jugendarbeit – Identitäten, Lebenslagen & abwertende Einstellungen".
Presentation and discussion of the outcomes of the Expert_Forum "Prävention, Deradikalisierung und Demokratiekultur".
With Patricia Hladschik who represented the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in the Expert_Forum "Prävention, Deradikalisierung und Demokratiekultur".

The programme will be in German. Only invited guests can take part at this event.

Wiener Rathaus, Festsaal

Engage – Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship

The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools is partnerorganisation of the European Project  Engage – building together European learning material on education for citizenship. The project ambitions to create a European interactive, innovative, pedagogical and multilingual module on education for citizenship for pupils aged 8-12 and their teachers.