ERIC Number: ED362460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Education, Culture, Human Rights, and International Understanding: The Promotion of Humanistic, Ethical, and Cultural Values in Education.
This document, prepared by the Chief Inspector of Schools in France, is based on work done by UNESCO in enhancing the humanistic, cultural and international dimensions of both formal and non-formal education. The paper consists of a synopsis of the work relating to the various aspects of humanistic education, and a select bibliography. Although this overview has been written from a European standpoint, it highlights universal values based on the standard setting instruments of UNESCO and the United Nations. In addition, it develops an integral concept of humanistic, ethical, and cultural education in an international dimension, and can therefore serve as a reference document for similar planning activities in other regions. The paper discusses human rights education, bioethics, environmental education, intercultural dialogue and a knowledge of other cultures, and education for development. These topics form a conceptual network that can give an overall purpose to any educational system wishing to translate the principles of UNESCO into educational action and decision making. This overall purpose is a humanistic one, in which ethics and universal human rights indicate the values that education must transmit and promote. European culture is permeated by the ethical principles of respect for freedom and for the dignity of the individual, and the equality of all human beings. Establishing a worldwide humanistic education means taking these same principles as a basis. To get this combination of ideas to flourish in schools throughout Europe, if not throughout the world, teachers will have to be fully informed and trained on an international scale. (DK)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Environmental Education, Ethical Instruction, Foreign Countries, Humanistic Education, International Cooperation, Moral Values, Teacher Education, Values Education
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).