Human rights education in humanitarian settings: opportunities and challenges

Authors

  • Megan Devonald Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence, UK.
  • Nicola Jones GAGE/ Overseas Development Institute, UK. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9164-7947
  • Silvia Guglielmi Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence, UK.
  • Jennifer Seager George Washington University, USA.
  • Sarah Baird George Washington University, USA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3986

Abstract

Human rights education in humanitarian settings provides an opportunity for adolescent refugees to understand and exercise their human rights, respect the rights of others, and gain active citizenship skills. This paper examines non-formal education programmes and the extent to which they embed education about, through and for human rights; it draws on mixed method data from two diverse contexts–Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Syrian refugees in Jordan. We find stark differences in how human rights are reflected in non-formal education programming for refugees. In Jordan, the Makani programme integrates human rights across subjects and teacher pedagogy, and fosters skills for active citizenship. By contrast, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, a lack of basic rights hinders the delivery of meaningful human rights education for Rohingya adolescents. We conclude that human rights education should be a core pillar of humanitarian responses, but that it requires significant adaptations to contextual realities.

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Author Biographies

Megan Devonald, Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence, UK.

Qualitative Researcher at the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence program

Nicola Jones, GAGE/ Overseas Development Institute, UK.

Principal Research Fellow and the Director of the DFID-funded nine-year global mixed methods Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence research programme

Silvia Guglielmi, Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence, UK.

Qualitative Researcher at Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence

Jennifer Seager, George Washington University, USA.

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Economics in the Department of Global Health.

Sarah Baird, George Washington University, USA.

Associate Professor of Global Health and Economics, George Washington University and GAGE Impact Evaluation Lead
 

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Published

2021-02-02

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Devonald, M., Jones, N., Guglielmi, S., Seager, J., & Baird, S. (2021). Human rights education in humanitarian settings: opportunities and challenges. Human Rights Education Review, 4(1), 27–48. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3986