Human Rights Education in Costa Rica: More Expectation than Implementation.

David Shiman


This research explores human rights curriculum and curriculum policy in Costa Rica and seeks to understand why a nation that views itself as a champion of human rights, and identifies human rights as a core value to be promoted in schools, has failed to develop a national plan for human rights education or provide the curricular and human resources needed for teaching human rights. The explanations are found in the Costa Rican view of their nation as a human rights culture as well as structural and resource conditions that impede efforts to advance human rights through education. However, one state university has made strides in incorporating human rights into its teacher preparation programs. Conducted in Costa Rica in 2007, this research combines interviews with government officials, educators, and researchers, and analyzes Ministry of Public Education policy statements and data gathered by the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.


Human Rights; Costa Rica; Curriculum Policy