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Human Rights Education

Human dignity is the core of human rights and human rights education, and is granted to all human beings irrespective of religious, birth, gender or civilization.
Human rights education needs a three-dimensional approach to be effective:
Knowledge-based (to know about human rights: e.g. the history of rights, how democracy functions), skills-based (for human rights: self-knowledge and self awareness, realising your own prejudices) and environment-based (in or through human rights: creating a “whole-school policy”).

The Austrian educational principle of citizenship education, which has been in force since 1978, includes human rights education. The content parameters are decreed as a basic principle. This means that every teacher can be called upon to teach citizenship education – even at primary level. The general ordinance was brought up-to-date in terms of a modern didactics of politics in 2015. A new curricula became effective in the 2016/17 school year, which makes citizenship education from grade 6 and up compulsory, through the subject, "History and Citizenship Education", and also comprises teaching on topics of human rights.

Ongoing projects:

The one-year postgraduate program "Human Rights" of the University of Vienna, lead by Michael Lysander Fremuth, provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of fundamental and human rights.

The Training Curriculum on Fundamental Rights for Judgeship Trainees is based on a tandem-principle, in which human rights experts from university together with senior judges, will introduce the trainees into fields of national law that are notably linked to the diverse fundamental and human rights issues.