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NCHR presents recommendations to the Ministry of Education

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The right to education is one of the most essential rights that the National Center for Human Rights monitors and follows up on. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — On Sunday, the Economic and Social Rights Directorate at the National Center for Human Rights presented several recommendations to the Ministry of Education regarding the right to education in all its aspects, based on an evaluation it undertook in cooperation with the ministry.اضافة اعلان

NCHR Media and Communication Officer Ahmed Fahim said that the right to education is one of the most essential rights that the NCHR monitors and follows up on, in terms of quality of education, quality of teaching methods, and everything else that enables students to attain their right to education of the highest standards.

Director of the center's Economic and Social Rights Department Mohamed El-Helw said the department conducted an assessment of the “reality” of the right to education, using a program to measure the individual progress of the components of education, along with the UN human rights education program.

The department’s recommendations emerged from the extent of the need to address the gaps in the education process and the center’s lack of data and studies in this specific field; thus, the center will be able to rely on available data when it studies progress for the next evaluation.

The center also stressed that the Ministry of Education needs to allocate a budget for human rights education programs and to create a “Human Rights Administration” unit within the organizational structure of the ministry, responsible for human rights and human rights education.

According to Helw, evaluation included five main aspects: policies, educational curricula, teacher training, student assessment, and the educational environment.

The aspect of the curricula included training teachers and supervisors on human rights concepts and methodologies in education and administration, and working to provide targeted educational resources that address values and ethics to enhance and link them to students' lives.

The teacher training aspect includes creating a training curriculum for teachers on the principles of education and human rights standards and mechanisms and offering a specialized human rights training program for teachers, that “should be a continuous and binding program”.

Concerning the assessment of students, the center recommended finding a tool to measure the extent of students' knowledge of human rights concepts and mechanisms within the national examination in all primary and secondary schools.

"After this official paper is delivered with the recommendations presented to the Ministry of Education, we will work hand in hand with the ministry to develop plans and work programs for the next phase to address and fill all the gaps," Helw concluded.

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