ARMENIAN HUMAN RIGHTS SCHOOL
In 1996, ACRPC established the Armenian Human Rights School (AHRS). As a result of its activities, more than 500 paedagogues, journalists, lawyers and NGO members from all the regions of Armenia have passed one-year advanced training courses at the school. Professors and experts have been invited from educational institutions in Armenia and abroad, as well as from public and non-governmental organisations.
AHRS' professional development practices have been included in the Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice, which was published in October 2009 by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO, OSCE ODIHR and the Council of Europe in coordination with Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).
After the introduction of “Human Rights” to the state school curriculum in 2001, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ACRPC and the National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) of the Republic of Armenia (RA), according to which Social Sciences teachers from all regions of the Republic received an opportunity to study at AHRS. On October 18, 2006, a new Memorandum was signed between ACPRC and the National Institute of Education for the period of 2007-2012.
Human rights education as an international priority has played a fundamental role in AHRS’s activities, for example its participation in the UN Human Rights Education Decade (1995-2004) and following of the UN World Plan for Human Rights Education (WPHRE). The first phase of this plan has ended and the second phase of WPHRE (2010-2014) recently began. While its main focus is “…on human rights education for higher education and on human rights training programmes for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and military personnel at all levels…”, it continues to strive to improve global standards of primary and secondary education, to which AHRS’s activities strongly adhere.
- Teach the legal components of “Social Sciences” including Human Rights, Civic Education, State and Law and Ethics, concurrently increasing professional qualifications of corresponding target groups through the improvement of theoretical awareness and practical skills.
- Organise scientific conferences, seminars, round tables on the topics of Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Paedagogy and related sectors.
- Organise scientific research analysis in the field of Law, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, Paedagogy and related sectors, as well as in the field of latest methodological developments.
- Maintenance and growth of a network of graduate AHRS teachers and students who will develop legal culture in Armenia.
Through these objectives, AHRS aims to achieve the following results:
- Formation of active individuals who will be the carriers of intellectual and legal cultural values in society.
- A positive change in beneficiaries’ attitudes and behaviour.
AHRS target groups and beneficiaries
- Teachers, lecturers, trainers
- Civil society representatives: journalists, members of NGOs, foundations, political parties Young people
- Representatives of state, law enforcement agencies
- Local self-governing bodies, aldermen, village governors, active community members
- Refugees, internationally displaced persons and people/organisations involved in this field
- The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
- National Institute of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
- Other State and Local self-governing bodies
- Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO) and Kerk in Aktie
- OSCE Office in Yerevan
- Council of Europe office in Armenia
- USA Embassy in Armenia
- UN Department of Public Information Yerevan Office
- UNICEF Armenia
- Annual advanced courses for secondary school teachers of legal subjects;
- Arrange exchange conferences for specialists and methodologists in the human rights/legal education field;
- Seminars on the principles of law and legislation to raise legal awareness of community leaders.
For additional information please contact:Gevork Manoukian