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60th International Meeting ROME July 23rd – 28th/29th, 2015

 The attitude of so many young people to work makes evident their condition of uncertainty, their lack of confidence and a generalized weakness, which induce us to reflect on the responsibilities of the institutions and persons who are in charge of the education and formation of adolescents and youngsters.

Moreover, it often happens that institutions, the school, the family, do not seem capable of providing the instruments for facing the difficulties, nor of generating confidence, nor of offering adequate answers.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela asserted. But how can one think about changing the world when your right to education has been taken away from you?

It has been happening in Pakistan with Christians for a long time. But now it is becoming an issue for public agitation and Christians have come out on the streets to draw attention to this discrimination.

Education is the key to success in life. It unlocks many doors of growth and provides opportunities.  Without it, there can be no progress and a bleak future for those deprived of it.

Protest against the Hungarian Government’s new higher education strategy
Instead of solving the crisis of higher education by compensating for recent budget cuts, the Hungarian Government seems to introduce direct control of universities. OHA (University Lecturers’ Network) and HAHA (Students’ Network) say that the newly announced higher education strategy attests to antidemocratic tendencies both in its content and in the way of its introduction.

Joint statement by NGOs on human rights education and learning

The United Nations has been constructively promoting human rights education, as an effective tool for both the prevention of human rights violations and the improvement of human rights protection. Human rights education and learning serve to realise mutual respect for human rights, disseminate relevant information on human rights and help to shape better behaviour toward a culture of human rights, that will foster mutual understanding and tolerance between diverse societies and cultures. The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004) aimed to raise global awareness of human rights and promote such a universal human rights culture. The Decade was followed by the World Programme for Human Rights Education, of which the Plan of Action was adopted by the General Assembly (A/59/525) and started 1 January 2005 with its first phase (2005-2007) focusing on human rights education in primary and secondary school systems. The World Programme is now an ongoing global process structured in consecutive phases focusing on a specific sector or theme for every phase to follow.