The Role of Human Rights Education in the Formation of an Active Citizenry

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Aida Maria Monteiro Silva Celma Tavares


This article aims to discuss the importance of human rights education in the citizenship’s formation process and in the strengthening of democracy. This formation is understood from the perspective of the concepts of democracy and active citizenship that allow the human being to comprehend both its own society’s historical process and the importance of human rights to develop projects that seeks to intervene or change a reality. The other objective of this article is to reflect on the respect for cultural diversity and for the dignity of human being, as multiculturalism should articulate itself towards the promotion of human rights. Therefore, this text seeks to contribute to the discussion on the existent difficulties and possibilities in the country related to these topics, bearing in mind the creation of a citizenship formation that is able to confront secular problems and to promote the evolution into a society that is participative, active and conscious of its rights and duties– a real tolerant and democratic society.

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Author Biographies

Aida Maria Monteiro Silva, Universidad Federal de Pernambuco

Doctora en Educación y Especialista en Derechos Humanos, profesora del Centro de Educación de la Universidad Federal de Pernambuco y Secretaria Ejecutiva de la Secretaria de Educación de Pernambuco/Brasil. Miembro del Grupo de Investigación sobre Derechos Humanos en Brasil del Centro de Estudios Brasileños de la Universidad de Salamanca/España. Miembro de la Red Brasileña de Educación en Derechos Humanos/Brasil. Miembro del Foro Internacional de Derechos Humanos. Miembro del Comité Nacional de Educación en Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría Especial de los Derechos Humanos de la Presidencia de la República, Brasil.

Celma Tavares, Espacio Feminista/Brasil

Doctora en Derechos Humanos por la Universidad de Salamanca/España. Miembro de la coordinación de la ONG Espacio Feminista/Brasil. Consultora de UNICEF/Brasil en el área de educación. Miembro del Grupo de Investigación sobre Derechos Humanos en Brasil del Centro de Estudios Brasileños de la Universidad de Salamanca/España. Miembro de la Red Brasileña de Educación en Derechos Humanos/Brasil. Miembro de la Asociación Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Investigación y Postgrado/Brasil.