RWCHR Launches Education Initiative Purposed with Protecting Democracy and Preventing Atrocity

On the International Day of Education — a day where we reflect and realize the power and imperative to use education as a means of pursuing justice and bettering the human condition — the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights is delighted to announce the launch of its student Education Initiative. The Initiative is purposed with protecting democracy and preventing atrocity by promoting empathy, everyday activism, and combating cultures of indifference and inaction.

Indeed, it is only by educating both hearts and minds and by raising a generation of empathetic young people who recognize that they are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today — who have the power, agency and responsibility to make a difference — can we effectively protect and promote human rights worldwide.

Consequently, the RWCHR is uniting in common cause with high schools across the Province of Quebec, having students learn from, reflect and act upon the universal lessons for preventing and combating mass atrocity. As our project expands, we seek to continue to build partnerships with like-minded teachers, NGOs and Parliamentarians across Canada and internationally. 

This Initiative is grounded in our landmark educational conferences — such as the Vanier Conference on Justice and Accountability — which have engaged and inspired tens of thousands of students in the pursuit of justice.

The first to partner with the RWCHR was Saint-Lambert International High School « École secondaire internationale de Saint-Lambert » (SLI) in Québec, Canada.

The first to partner with the RWCHR was Saint-Lambert International High School « École secondaire internationale de Saint-Lambert » (SLI) in Québec, Canada.

Members of the RWCHR team meet with students at SLI and introduce the initiative on January 17, 2019.

Members of the RWCHR team meet with students at SLI and introduce the initiative on January 17, 2019.