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On July 2, SGI participated in an international conference titled "Human Rights Education in Russia: Status and Challenges" held at the Congress Complex in St. Petersburg. The conference was co-organized by the Human Rights Academy (HRA) in Oslo, Norway, and the Youth Center for Human Rights and Legal Culture, Moscow.
The two-day conference was opened by the Human Rights Ombudsman for St. Petersburg Aleksander Shishlov and Norwegian Consul General Rune Åsheim. Some 80 people attended the conference, including educators from both Russia and Norway. The conference aimed to identify challenges faced by teachers engaged in human rights education and establish a network among teachers, especially in Russia where the school curriculum is being reviewed.
At the conference, SGI representative Kazunari Fujii gave a talk on human rights education and civil society and, as part of his presentation, the film "A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education" was screened. Jointly produced by SGI, Human Rights Education Associates and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the film uses case studies from India, Australia and Turkey to illustrate how human rights education can transform the lives of individuals and communities.
Prior to his presentation, Mr. Fujii, who is chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO), Geneva, also introduced the history of SGI’s efforts to empower ordinary citizens to contribute to peace.
[Adapted from a report from SGI United Nations Liaison Office, Geneva; photo courtesy of SGI United Nations Liaison Office, Geneva]
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