Compass - Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People (2nd edition updated in 2020) (2021)
Human rights cannot be defended by legal measures alone. They need to be protected and safeguarded by everyone, including young people. Human rights are best respected and appreciated when we know them, stand up for them and apply them in our lives.
COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.
COMPASS was originally published in 2002 and is now available in more than 30 languages. A version specifically designed for human rights education with children - COMPASITO - enjoys a similar success. This edition is fully revised and updated to include new activities and information about human rights issues such as disability and disablism, migration, religion, remembrance, war and terrorism. In this reprint chapter 5 has been revised and the full texts of the background information moved to www.coe.int/compass.
COMPASS is a practical tool and resource for citizenship and human rights education. It is an essential companion for all those who are curious and interested in making the right to human rights education a reality for everyone.
Introduction to the 2012 edition (with 2015 reprint revisions)
Chapter 1 - Human Rights Education and Compass: an introduction
1.1. Introducing human rights education
1.2. Approaches to human rights education in Compass
1.3. Using Compass for human rights education
Chapter 2 - Practical Activities and Methods for Human Rights Education
Summary of activities
Synoptic table of activities by themes, overview and related rights
58 experiential activities and methods for human rights education
Human Rights Calendar
Activities for Reviewing
Chapter 3 - Taking Action for Human Rights
About this chapter
3.1. HRE and activism
3.2. Simple actions for human rights
3.3. Devising a plan of action
Chapter 4 - Understanding Human Rights
4.1. What are human rights?
4.2. The evolution of human rights
4.3. Legal Protection of human rights
4.4. Human Rights Activism and the Role of IMGOs
4.5. Questions and answers about human rights
Chapter 5 - Background Information on Global Human Rights Themes
2. Citizenship and Participation
3. Culture and Sport
5. Disability and Disablism
6. Discrimination and Intolerance
14. Peace and Violence
16. Religion and Belief
18. War and Terrorism
Selected International Human Rights Instruments
Status of ratification of major international human Rights Instruments
Council of Europe
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