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Title:Implementation by African States of the Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human Rights
Author:Addo, Michael K.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:human rights
citizenship education
Abstract:For Africa and the African people the UN Decade for Human Rights Education 1995-2004 is an ideal opportunity to transform human rights ideals into reality. This article assesses the key characteristics of the international strategy for human rights education and its viability in the African context. It discusses five broad components for achieving the objectives of the Plan of Action (1996) for the implementation of the Decade, in particular the possible extent to which African State actors can contribute to the attainment of the objectives. The five components of implementation are: the assessment of needs and the formulation of effective strategies for human rights education at all school levels; building and strengthening programmes and capacities for human rights education; the development of materials for human rights education; strengthening the role of the mass media; and dissemination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Plan of Action has the flexibility to suit the regional and national needs of individual countries. The scarcity of resources and the absence of effective channels of communication can slow the programme down. Moreover, the core institutions for implementing the Plan of Action may need to be established anew. African actors should continue to advocate for a more comprehensive and holistic human rights regime. There is an acute need for African countries to take full and effective advantage of the Decade for Human Rights Education. Notes, ref., sum. (p. II).