Development Education & Human Rights Education in Britain and Ireland

Final report of the Development Education Commission, with the core objective of reviewing the state of development education and human rights education in Britain and Ireland within a ‘two-islands approach.

The Commission was made up of 21 members from education institutions and structures as well as NGOs from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland.  The Commission was chaired by Professor Kevin Boyle of Essex and published 3 core documents including an educator’s guide, Essential learning for Everyone; civil society, world citizenship and the role of education (1999). 

The final report of the Commission outlined an ‘essential core’ which should underpin both Human Rights Education and Development Education and related areas such as Peace education, Multicultural Education, Environmental Education, Anti-Racist Education and Gender Education.

This ‘essential core’ comprised four key components:

  1. Dispositions and Values (respect for self; respect for others; a sense of social responsibility, a sense of belonging, a commitment to learning and an engagement with change
  2. Capabilities and Skills (communication skills, critical reasoning and thinking skills, social skills and action skills)
  3. Ideas and Understandings (the centrality of relationships, the disparity in human living conditions, the importance of technological and economic change, the concepts of democracy, governance and citizenship; cultural identities, conflict and conciliation, rules, rights and responsibilities, gender identities and sustainable development and conservation
  4. Experiences and Actions (working independently and cooperatively, giving and receiving feedback, feeling valued, sharing responsibility, knowing a sense of achievement and making connections).

Product details

Published by: Published by TIDE~DEC [Birmingham] and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World [Ireland]
Dimensions: 297×210 mm
Publication Date: 1999

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