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Second Human Rights teaching course on offer after last year’s success

This year's summer institute with Canadian Museum for Human Rights to examine what the pursuit of human rights means to educators and educational leaders

May 5, 2015 — 

The following is an excerpt from the Manitoba Teacher magazine, April 2015 edition.

In a world of growing economic free-trade zones, labour out-sourcing, and evergrowing multi-national corporations of unprecedented assets we see greater disparities in the distribution of wealth.

Add to this remarkable advances in computer and cellular communication, and increased use of social media for political advocacy and resistance that have prompted unprecedented demographic, social and political shifts.

It was against that backdrop that the 2014 Summer Institute, The Fourth R: Teaching and Leading for Human Rights Education was conceived. In a climate of turmoil, change and acute vulnerability, the pursuit of universal human rights remains a challenge.

How can human rights be reconciled with the merging and clashing of cultures and values that have come to characterize our time? What does the pursuit of and constant challenge to human rights mean for us as educators and educational leaders?

After more than eight months of planning, in July 2014—two months before the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) was officially open—25 Manitoba teachers spent 10 days immersed in the issues associated with teaching and leading human rights education. This unique opportunity was part of a Summer Institute; a collaborative effort between the CMHR and The Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba.


This July, the course will be held for the second time.


For the rest of the article, see this issue of Manitoba Teacher, page 11.

Melanie Janzen is the director of the Student Experiences Office of the Faculty of Education. Jerome Cranston is the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, in the Faculty of Education. 

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