The project is a continuation of previous reports and projects exploring education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in teacher training. More information about the reports is available below. The increasing focus on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in curricula also requires that teacher training be developed accordingly.
Until now, teachers have received support from various parties, but no consistent training on the topics has been available. Many have visited the exhibition stand for human rights education at the Educa fair on teaching and education.
Studies show that teachers’ knowledge and skills concerning the topics vary. Much depends on the active efforts of individual teachers. Moreover, curricula increasingly focus on learning outcomes associated with education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, which raises the question of whether teacher training provides sufficient knowledge and skills to achieve these objectives.
The project seeks solutions to the challenges that have arisen and supports the continuation of the cooperation.
Human rights education was a theme in the National Action Plan on Fundamental and Human Rights 2017–2019, and education for democratic citizenship was a focus area in the Action Plan on Democracy Policy (2017). The provision of education for democratic citizenship was also charted in the report on education for democratic citizenship (2011), published by the Finnish National Agency for Education.
Democracy and human rights education and teacher education are part of National Democracy Programme 2025 which is carried out 2019–2023. The project is part of the programme and also participates in DINO II - Democracy and human rights education and participation of young people co-operation.