21 Human rights education plan

Country: Uruguay
Action Plan: Uruguay Action Plan 2018-2020
Year Action Plan: 2018
Start Date: 9/1/2018  |  End Date: 6/30/2020

From the Action Plan

Transparency and participation in the National Plan on Human Rights Education Transparency and participation in the National Plan on Human Rights Education Commitment start and end date: September 2018 to June 2020. Institution or actor responsible for the implementation: the Presidency of the Republic – Secretariat of Human Rights. New commitment. Theme: Culture – Education, Human Rights Commitment description What is the commitment? To consolidate the institutional framework of the National Plan on Human Rights Education as a public policy that addresses actions for the development of a human rights culture, incorporating mechanisms to monitor and follow up the commitments undertaken by the participating institutions, along with participation and access to information. What is the problem that the commitment will address? The culture of commitment to the dignity of all individuals and to the recognition and respect of human rights is only partially rooted in societies and institutions. The concept of three estates and of contempt for certain groups continue to have a strong presence in cultural traditions. Racism, the stigmatization and exclusion of people living in poverty, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia are just some of its manifestations. Moreover, today we are experiencing backward trends, whilst the efforts made by various actors to build a culture of human rights are not sufficient to counteract them and advance in the development of a culture of human rights. There are disjointed actions that do not interact with each other and that are not linked to a political debate on the strategic projection of a public policy in this area. There are few operational plans in institutions that correlate with the PNEDH. There are no institutionalized mechanisms for monitoring and follow-up, nor for access to information, accountability and participation associated with the PNEDH. How will the commitment contribute to solving the problem? The commitment will contribute to institutionalizing the PNEDH from a human rights and open government perspective. First, it will define a set of agency commitments in operational plans with goals and indicators, which will make it possible to monitor the implementation of these commitments. The mechanism for monitoring commitments and goals will be institutionalized and public access to information will be guaranteed through a web platform that will present, in a clear and accessible manner, information on the degree of fulfilment of the commitments. The formulation, implementation and evaluation process of the PNEDH will include civic participation through round-table discussions which will bring together civil society, the academia, international organizations and other relevant actors. OGP value to which this The commitment contributes to transparency since it helps to improve the quality of the information and public access to it. It commitment will contribute. also contributes to accountability and participation, firstly through the implementation of mechanisms to hold public institutions accountable for their actions, favoring citizen control; and secondly through the creation and improvement of opportunities enabling individuals and civil society organizations to participate in public discussions on relevant policy issues. It will also create and improve opportunities for individuals and civil society organizations to influence public policy decision-making. Additional information The Education Act assigned the National Commission for Human Rights Education (CNEDH) the task of proposing general lines of action on the subject. The CNEDH's main purpose is to formulate and develop the National Plan on Human Rights Education (PNEDH). The PNEDH development process was taken forward through a participatory process during 2013 and 2014. The input obtained served as a basis to draw up the "Foundations for a National Plan on Human Rights Education" document, approved by the Coordinating Commission of the National System of Public Education in 2015 (CCSNEP). In December 2016, the PNEDH was approved by the CCSNEP. The PNEDH outlines a medium and long-term national strategic vision aimed at guiding public policies on human rights education in Uruguay. The Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic was created by Law No. 19 149 in October 2013 to be the guiding authority of the human rights approach in public policies of the Executive Branch. In this capacity, its general tasks include: promoting, designing, supervising, coordinating, evaluating, monitoring and disseminating public policies with a human rights approach and, in particular, coordinating those policies, the implementation of which will be carried out in accordance with the Law. In this role, it has been working since its creation in coordination with SNEP for the design and implementation of the PNEDH. Objectives and/or milestones Description of objectives and/or milestones Start date End date To hold round-table discussions to identify commitments regarding human rights education among the various institutional actors of SNEP and other areas of education, civil society and the academia. September 2018 December 2018 To design and implement the platform for monitoring the degree of fulfilment of the Plan's commitments and goals. March 2019 April 2019 To present to the public the commitments made in the operational plans of the PNEDH and the follow-up platform. May 2019 May 2019 To facilitate social participation in the process of carrying out the following activities: - Two round-table discussions to promote participation and exchange during the follow-up and monitoring of commitments. - An opportunity to exercise accountability to the public in which authorities report on their fulfillment of the commitments and goals of the National Plan on Human Rights Education. - A round-table discussion upon the completion of the two-year cycle to evaluate the PNEDH's implementation and outcome and the continuity of public policy on human rights education. August 2019 June 2020 Contact information Name of the responsible person Nelson Villarreal Title, Department Secretary for Human Rights Email address and phone number Name(s) of responsible technician(s) Fernando Willat Title, Department SDH technical team Email address and phone number Other actors involved State actors ANEP, UdelaR, MEC, UTEC, SDH, SDHPR. List is open as new actors may be added. CSOs, private sector, multilateral organizations, working groups

Lead Institution: the Presidency of the Republic – Secretariat of Human Rights.

Support Institution: ANEP, UdelaR, MEC, UTEC, SDH, SDHPR. List is open as new actors may be added.


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