Netherlands, Utrecht

Creative Peace and Human Rights Education

when 1 July 2012 - 6 July 2012
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 750

In our world, many conflicts exist. In general, political and financial investments in violent strategies are much higher than investments in non-violent conflict resolution. Therefore, the United Nations propagates the development of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. It strives to change those mechanisms and evidences of cultures which legitimate the use of violence in conflict at every level of the society. Creative peace and human rights education (PE/HRE) is an important tool to develop and promote strategies and competencies which can contribute to cultures of peace.

The international summer school ‘Creative Peace and Human Rights Education’ builds on the vision of the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), in relation to education for peace and human rights. Special emphasize will be placed on the role of arts and creative educational approaches (photography, music, drawing, movement, etc.) as a response to situations of injustice and violence. Peace and human rights teachers give account of positive results when involving art means in their education programs. Creativity and art can e.g. be used for: non-violent campaigning; to promote critical thinking; to build awareness on cultural practices or structures legitimizing violence; and to stimulate interaction and dialogue between different groups.

Themes that will be addressed are: a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence as a challenge for education; the photographers lens and violence; non-violence theory, strategies, practices; prejudices, discrimination and a culture of diversity and tolerance; drawing to reflect on identity and diversity; storytelling and dialogue; human rights as a moral agenda for peace; games, and children’s rights education; music, movement and reconciliation; creative evaluation techniques for peace and human rights education.

Students are advised to prepare themselves for the course by reading articles and books about creative peace and human rights education, upon their choice. Some weeks before the course they will be sent several articles.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Mariette de Haan & Marloes van Houten, MSc Hon, PhD candidate

Target group

Students, creative therapists, (art) educators, youth and social workers, socially engaged artists, psychologists, parents and anyone else with a keen interest in approaching peace and human rights education creatively.

Course aim

You will get an understanding of the potential of creative peace and human rights education, both as a content and as a methodology. As a student/professional you will build up knowledge, skill-sets and critical awareness that make it possible to recognize different types of violence. You will be motivated and trained to make use of the arts and education as non-violent catalysers for social change.

The summer school will offer a mix of academic theory (knowledge and reflection) and practical applications (skill building activities, platform for participants to exchange experiences, and examples of practitioners how to put the PE/HRE theory into action). We will challenge you, as a student/professional to develop your own body of knowledge and opinions which can help you to position yourself within the context you are part of.

Credits info

2 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 550: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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