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Human Rights Education: The United Nations Endeavour and the Importance of Childhood and Intelligent Sympathy 


Katerina K. Frantzi
Sofia University, Bulgaria
katerinafrantzi@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Abstract 

School is the major vehicle for humanism, which is, in essence, respect on human nature. Human Rights Education is important for the existence of human society in the modern globalising era. Education can function as a unifying factor and produce informed and active citizens of an interdependent world. It can provide the tools for advocacy and resolution of conflict that are necessary for the maintenance of peace between nations and people. United Nations initiated in human rights and peace pedagogy. Social and individual amelioration may start from elementary school, taking advantage of children’s pro-social behaviour as the agent of change. John Dewey introduced the concept of ‘intelligent sympathy’ in a democratic classroom aiming at personal growth, for considering new ways of thought, and creating a peaceful society.

Human rights, United Nations, Prosocial behaviour, Childhood, Intelligent sympathy

 

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Frantzi, K.K. (2004) Human Rights Education: The United Nations Endeavour and the Importance of Childhood and Intelligent Sympathy. International Education Journal, 5 (1), 1-8.
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