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The Art of Human Rights Education: Applying Community Cultural Development Methods in Human Rights Education

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Community art practice, which is also coded as Community Cultural Development (CCD) is emerging as an effective and popular community development method in Australia. CCD practices have great potentials of delivering Human Rights Education (HRE) because both CCD and HRE disciplines place strong emphasises on empowering the community through education and engagement. This chapter supports adaptation of CCD practices in HRE, providing a theoretical and practical framework. The article also provides a model of delivering a CCD based HRE project by outlining key choices that a practitioner requires to make during the process of conceptualising a HRE project: (a) the topic of human rights, (b) the scope of the education project, (c) the educational method and (b) the education process. During this discussion, this article will closely study Songs of Anklets, a successful CCD based HRE project delivered in Western Sydney.

Keywords: CCD; arts; community; dance; development; education; empowering; human rights; theatre

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Australian National University

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • Political Crossroads is a bi-annual, international, refereed journal which, since 1990, publishes critical and empirical scholarship in political science and international relations. Its areas of focus include global security, terrorism, national identity, migration and citizenship, and the politics of resources and trade.

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