This paper was developed to provide context and background for the Education International Baltic Symposium on Human Rights and Values in Education which took place from 7 to 8 June 2016 in Riga, Latvia.
It is structured in two parts. The first part explores what we mean by human rights education. It presents the normative basis for human rights education, including laws, standards and policies on education for human rights and democratic citizenship at international and regional levels.
The second part examines the implications and application of human rights education, or a rights based approach to education, in principle and practice, focusing on the following specific areas: teacher training, professional development and support; teaching and learning practices and processes; inclusive curriculums and a whole school approach to human rights.
The appendices include a list of key international and regional institutions and organizations that have developed and implemented policies and programmes for human rights education, and the Education International resolution on the promotion and protection of standards and values in the world.