Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. Kofi Annan
From 2009 to 2012, MIET AFRICA, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, implemented Phase IV of the LAHL project in 24 schools in the Nongoma Municipality.
With funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, LAHL IV aimed to strengthen the capacity of the education system and school communities to respond to and provide care and support to vulnerable children, improving their education outcomes. But what distinguished LAHL IV from its antecedents was that, for the first time, MIET AFRICA implemented the project within the framework of a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA).
To share its implementation experience and the lessons learnt from using the HRBA, MIET AFRICA recently published an HRBA resource pack. This comprises guidelines for other users in the education sector wishing to implement an HRBA, and an accompanying case study that highlighted the achievements of LAHL IV. The latter explains the background of LAHL IV and its achievements, the process of implementing an HRBA and the lessons learnt.