Join us on 7 June from 17:00 to 18:30 in the European Parliament for a roundtable discussion on ‘skills for human rights: the relevance of human rights education today’ in the framework of the EU year of skills, hosted by MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo. Registration is required to enter the European Parliament, you can register here.

“Everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms and should have access to human rights education and training. “

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

Human Rights education is considered an essential contribution to the long term prevention of human rights abuses and something necessary to achieve a just society as it promotes education on values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone’s common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community. It is a critical enabler of democratic participation and inclusion in the community. Yet, human rights education and training are not widely spread in the EU.

In a world that is more and more polarised, human rights are under threat and their spirit is getting lost. One of the reasons is the lack of understanding and dialogue around human rights. The European Union is built on these Human Rights and Democratisation values and in this European Year of Skills we want to hone in on the core skills and knowledge and have a reflection around human rights education with Members of the European Parliament, policy makers, civil society organisations, students and alumni from the EMA programme and human rights practitioners.

The objectives of this roundtable are to:

  • discuss the state why need human rights education and what that should look like;
  • discuss the role of the European Union in promoting human rights education;
  • discuss how to build skills for human rights for people of all ages and backgrounds.