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Title:Human Rights Education and the Quest for Development: The Case of Ugandan Schools
Author:Akankwasa, R.R.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:human rights
citizenship education
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Civic education
Economic and social development
Curriculum planning
Abstract:Human rights are an integral part of development and authentic development is guided by the values of peace, justice, equality and genuine participatory democracy. If human rights education in Uganda is to be relevant for the country it must be integrated into national development theory and practice. Since schools are charged with the responsibility of preparing actors in the development process, human rights education must be integrated in school life so that citizens who pass through school act in civil society with full knowledge of the implications of their actions, beliefs and attitudes for development and human rights. The article highlights a number of cases of denial of economic, social, and cultural human rights and discrimination in present-day Uganda. It offers proposals for the role of teachers in human rights education in Ugandan schools and the mediation of human rights education through frameworks of knowledge, values, and skills that are consistent with pedagogical strategies and the transformation of society. Special attention is given to the role of hidden curricula and school-community relationships. Notes, ref.