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What is a human rights education?

Human rights education is a lifelong process of teaching and learning that helps individuals develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect human rights of themselves and others; to fulfill their responsibilities in the context of internationally agreed upon human rights principles; and to achieve justice and peace in our world.

About the HRE USA Network

This is an NEA-supported network of educators dedicated to building a culture of respect for human rights.

More than 35 states already integrate aspects of human rights education in their academic standards. Many schools and teachers include human rights education into their policies and practices. The HRE USA Network supports, enhances, and broadens these efforts in pre-K to graduate-level, formal and non-formal, educational settings.

NEA is one of the founding members of HRE USA. And to fulfill its mission, HRE USA is governed by a national Steering Committee of 17 educators from around the country, including Dr. Patricia Wright, Senior Professional Associate, NEA Human and Civil Rights.

To join with us and for more information, go to HRE USA Network's website.


“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt