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Slovenian project of education on children's rights "Our Rights" in Japan

A Japanese translation of the "Our Rights" project material was presented in Tokyo today, serving as a teaching resource for teachers and children and aimed at educating children about their rights. It is a project conceived by Slovenian experts based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2005, when the World Programme for Human Rights Education was established.

children standing on round Earth with blue sky and clouds

Our Rights brochure in Japanese | Author illustrator: Matjaž Schmidt

The "Our Rights" project is aimed at teaching children between the ages of 10 and 12, in the phase of development and search for identity, about human rights, their rights and respect for the rights of others. Empowering children, especially through education on human rights, including their own rights, is one of the key priorities of Slovenian foreign policy in the field of human rights promotion.

Initially, the pilot project involved children and teachers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region, and later in the Council of Europe region, and then spread around the world. So far, the material has been translated into 23 languages and the “Our Rights” project has been implemented on almost every continent, in 26 countries. In some places, it has been running for several years, involving more than 250,000 children.

In cooperation with the non-governmental organisation Soka Gakkai in Japan, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo organised the translation of the "Our Rights into Japanese" teaching material, which is the first step towards implementing this project in Japan. The project represents a new opportunity for networking and cooperation between Slovenia and Japan on human rights. The two countries are already partners in numerous initiatives within international organisations.

Through the joint and proactive action of states, NGOs, and international organisations in human rights education, it is possible to upgrade the promotion of universal values and thus respect for human rights.

By implementing the project, Slovenia, with partners in the international environment, contributes to the development and empowerment of children, as the realisation of children's rights and human rights education are long-standing Slovenian foreign policy priorities, which have been supported and expanded for the last sixteen years. Through effective human rights education, Slovenia can promote a culture of peace, tolerance and understanding of the diversity of societies, their religious, ethnic, cultural aspects, and national and other minorities, based on respect for universal human rights and fundamental freedoms.