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Category: Human rights

On Education and Democracy

“On Education & Democracy; 25 Lessons from the Teaching Profession is, first and foremost, meant to support classroom teachers; fighting their daily battles, confronting education authorities, governments and engaging with the community. We appeal to their professional ideals, to their ambition to make a difference for their students and the societies in which they grow […]

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From hardship to leadership: women’s perseverance paves the way for change

Betty Williams, Erin Meryn, Jody Williams, Juliana Dogbadzi, Loune Viaud, Labrda Paz, Marina Pisklakova, Sonita Alizadeh, Rosemary Sadlier, Mary Simon, Léonie Couture, Louise Arbour and Timea Nagy. These are just a few of the incredible women whose voices are heard through the Speak Truth to Power human rights education curriculum. Almost 20 years ago, I […]

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The long road to inclusion

In January 2019, an article by Caroline Alphonso appeared in the Globe and Mail, titled, “Educating Grayson: Are inclusive classrooms failing students?”. Her article generated extensive commentary as well as response pieces from the public. In relaying the story of a seven-year-old child, Grayson Kahn, who had been excluded from his public school as a […]

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Creating opportunities for visitors to reflect on connections between the Holocaust and their present lives

The mandate of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) calls on us “to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.”[1] In practice this means that in addition to presenting historical information on human rights, we are tasked with facilitating opportunities for visitors—including students […]

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