Integrating Human Rights in Higher Education

What is the project about?

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Strengthening the capacity of the higher education system for human rights education is critical to promote the culture and principles of human rights for a large target group of Egyptians namely youth students in the higher education system. The project is therefore designed to make students more aware of their rights as citizens; and to promote the understanding and awareness of democracy, the rule of law and freedom of expression. The strategy of the project is to integrate the culture, values and practices of Human Rights in Higher Education using a student-centered learning approach with a focus on the faculties of education to promote awareness on human rights among the future teachers of pre-university education. Project outputs are as follows:

  • Strengthened higher education policies and institutions for Human Rights Education through the preparation of the National Action Plan for Human Rights Education and establishment of the National Committee for Human Rights Education;
  • University graduates and professors are equipped with advanced knowledge and understanding of human rights standards, values and mechanisms;
  • Promotion of a human rights friendly environment in higher education institutions.

The project directly supports Egypt’s pledge to the UPR (Universal Periodic Review) recommendation to create human rights curricula for the different stages of education, including university education, as well as the UPR recommendation to continue its efforts on Human Rights Education in order to guarantee practice of all people of their rights.

What have we accomplished so far?

  • Project start-up has been delayed and will start in 2015.

Who finances this project?

European Union