Goal 4; Quality education
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” W.B.Yeats.
“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” George Bernard Shaw.
The main goal of the IRDG is to enhance and support the education and public awareness agenda for the themes of Human Rights and Development to adopt the post 2015 Sustainable Agenda.Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability.
1. Human Rights Education:
Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others.It develops an understanding of everyone’s common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.
Human rights education constitutes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses and represents an important investment in the endeavour to achieve a just society in which all human rights of all persons are valued and respected.IRDG is working to promote human rights education by supporting national and local capacities for human rights education through the selection and design of human rights education and training materials, networking and international coordination.
2. Education for sustainable development
Education is essential to sustainable development. Citizens of the world need to learn their way to sustainability. Our current knowledge base does not contain the solutions to contemporary global environmental, societal and economic problems. Today’s education is crucial to the ability of present and future leaders and citizens to create solutions and find new paths to a better future.
Education for sustainable development (ESD) is not a particular programme or project, but is rather an umbrella for many forms of education that already exist, and new ones that remain to be created. ESD promotes efforts to rethink educational programmes and systems (both methods and contents) that currently support unsustainable societies. ESD affects all components of education: legislation, policy, finance, curriculum, instruction, learning, assessment, etc. ESD calls for lifelong learning and recognises the fact that the educational needs of people change over their lifetime. Many individuals and organisations around the world already implement ESD (e.g. a teacher weaving sustainability themes into primary education using participatory methods; a community development worker raising people’s awareness on rights, which are denied to them; or a public health worker training people to draw water from clean sources).