The Human Rights Education program raises awareness of human rights in our communities and provides tools and resources to take action to uphold them. Our main Human Rights Education projects include:
This is My Home is a statewide pre-K-12 Human Rights Education curriculum and training model, which serves more than 25,000 online users monthly.
Partners in Closing the Gap is an initiative dedicated to promoting racial equality and narrowing achievement gaps in education. It trains diverse teams of teachers, community leaders, and students to promote human rights through human rights centered curricula and community action projects.
Under International Human Rights Law, education is both a fundamental human right and a responsibility. The Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) exhorts "every individual and every organ of society" to "strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms." Published by the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota in partnership with the Stanley Foundation, the Human Rights Education Series seeks to meet this responsibility by providing resources for the ever-growing body of educators and activists seeking to build a culture of human rights in the United States and throughout the world. The HRE Series is edited by Nancy Flowers.
The Human Rights Resource Center is an integral part of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center and works in partnership with the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library to create and distribute Human Rights Education (HRE) resources via electronic and print media; train activists, professionals, and students as human rights educators; build advocacy networks to encourage effective practices in human rights education; and support the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-2007) and the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004).
The Human Rights and Peace Store has distributed over one million Human Rights Education resources on human rights, conflict resolution, and peace education.