The third panel, organized and moderated by Heart’s Home, jointly with the NGO"Al Hakim Foundation" aimed to highlighting various initiatives and strategies in human rights education using non-formal tools such as: arts, social medias, discussion groups, games etc ...
Ms. Rosslyn Noonan, Chair of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), evoked a Human Rights Education and Learning (HREL) Program designed for Aboriginal communities. Implanted in different countries including New Zealand, with the Maori people, this Program seeks to identify and monitor local human rights abuses and to raise the community members’ awareness on their fundamental rights. To do this, many tools were made available: dialogue, negotiation, education advocacy, monitoring etc…
Ms. Katrien Beeckman, Head of the Department “Principles and Values” of the International Federation of The Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), participated in the development of a flagship initiative “Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change”(YABC). The project drives young people to think about their own behavior regarding discrimination and social problems such as exclusion, male / female relationships or respect for diversity, so they then become, themselves, actors of change. Today, the IFRC has 2300 youth initiatives at regional and international levels in 130 countries. According to Mrs. Beeckman, the key to success of this “YABC” project is the fact that the process is as important as the content. For example, learning based for peer education (youth peer) and through non-cognitive methods (games, youth camps, sports clubs and leisure, creative platforms, dialogue etc. ...)
Mr. Alfred Fernandez, Director of the Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant (CUHD), informed us that the college, since 1995, has trained 1400 participants from 94 countries. Its aim is to give students the tools to enable them to build a culture of human rights in a global society. It gives them the opportunity to become acquainted with the UN System and with the human rights components, through an analysis of international and country situations.
Mrs. Asmae Fahoum came to talk about Association “Instant Présent”: the Association organizes theater activities for vulnerable groups such as detainees, disabled people and homeless people. Theater with a social dimension teaches people to live together, democratizes access to culture, promotes the reintegration of participants and makes everyone aware of its value in society. The Association is focusing on the dignity of everyone, their responsibilities and capabilities.
Mr. Ahmed Seghaier, Association EURO MENA for Human Rights Education and Training has stressed the crucial role of social networks in mobilizing popular and the desire for emancipation that occurred in Arab countries in recent months. Social networks like Facebook, Skype, Twitter and YouTube, offered the opportunity to dialogue and exchange freely and fast, in the view of taking concrete action. The key factors that led to the success of social media during the Arab Spring are: free information, the fact that activists were mostly young individuals, highly educated but at the same time unemployed, who consequently had the time and tools to take effective action.
Mr. Marc Andre Huwyler, Luthier of NEOJIBA’s Orchestra, spoke on behalf of the Association NEOJIBA created in Brazil by Mr. Ricardo Castro. Both are friends of Heart’s Home. The Association aims at teaching children and young people from all segments of society, orchestral practice to the level of excellence. Its three main objectives are:
- Social integration and reconciliation of all social classes: working together for a common goal.
- The democratization of access to culture.
- Personalized training that helps develop new skills and trains towards excellence: resulting in greater self-respect, a greater acceptance and the celebration of difference.
The project focuses on peer education. Thus, these young people become more responsible and some of them regain their dignity. The government of Bahia and the United Nations Development Programme support the project.