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HRC 38: Statement by Denmark in the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Education



Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on international solidarity and Special Rapporteur on the right to education

Mr. President,

 Denmark thanks the Special Rapporteur on the right to education for her thorough and comprehensive report and presentation. 

 Human rights education is an important contribution to the effective realization of all human rights. Children and youth need to know their rights and the mechanisms for their protection in order to enjoy and exercise their rights and respect and uphold the rights of others. Likewise, teachers need to be trained in human rights in order to respect, protect and promote human rights in their day-to-day work in classrooms and beyond, thereby building a universal culture of human rights in practice.

 The 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the associated Education 2030 Framework for Action has given new impetus for promoting human rights education, as it defines human rights education as an aspect of ‘quality education’. We will not reach the SDG’s unless we ensure quality education for all. Denmark is increasing its development assistance for education, in order to help the global community achieve this

 Denmark shares the view that a strong commitment to ensuring human rights education for all is vital. Accordingly, in 2014, the government revised the curriculum for Danish primary and lower secondary schools, which led to an increased focus on the teaching of human rights. Now teaching about the rights of the child are included as a competence goal from the 1st grade and up.

 Denmark believes that it is key for the future of human rights that the quality and extent of human rights education is advanced at the national level. Denmark supports OHCHR and UNESCO in the development of an indicator framework that will contribute to States’ monitoring of SDG Indicator 4.7.1, which comprises elements on human rights education – and for which no data generation methodology has yet been developed.

 It is our hope that the new indicator framework will contribute to the overall advancement of the right to education including human rights education and we would like to thank the honourable Special Rapporteur for her assistance in taking the agenda forward.

 I thank you.