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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.

Expert_Forum Prevention, De-radicalisation and Democratic Culture

In einer Pressekonferenz zog die Stadt Wien eine erste Zwischenbilanz nach zwei Jahren Tätigkeit des Netzwerks für Deradikalisierung und Prävention und stellte die Empfehlungen der ExpertInnengruppe „Expert_Forum“ vor.

In September 2014, the City of Vienna established a "Network on De-radicalisation und Prevention" in order to protect children and young people from extreme and extremist influences in our society. The Expert_Forum was set up in 2015 as a monitoring group for the network. BIM Managing Director Patricia Hladschik was one of the experts of the Expert_Forum who elaborated a package of 27 concrete recommendations for action for the City of Vienna.

For more information, please see German version.

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.