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ERIC Number: EJ758794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Recasting Justice and Ethics through Human Rights Education: The Nigerian Experience
Akinbode, Olusola
Convergence, v39 n1 p91-99 2006
The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004) set in motion both formal and informal activities to promote the development of respect for human rights culture through education worldwide. It is said that knowledge is power and ignorance cannot be a defence. But the maxim that says ignorance of the law is no defence is in itself a flagrant violation of human rights when over 65 per cent of the population of a country are ignorant of their basic rights and the laws that protect them. It is only an enlightened citizenry that can create a society which can make politics both civil and capable. Is it then possible for justice and ethics to be extended to the global sphere through human rights education; and if so, what constant and diverse approaches are applicable, in Africa and Nigeria in particular, for the realisation of this goal? Can human rights education reconcile the support of internationally recognised standards of human rights and justice with respect for local cultures? What is the future for human rights education following the end of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education? How have we incorporated the Education for All goals into our education policy? This article will attempt to explore these questions, and, in so doing, disseminate the experiences of some of the non-governmental offices working in the field of human rights education in Nigeria. A description of a curriculum for a "Human Rights in the Contemporary World" course offered at some Nigerian universities is also provided. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Nigeria