The Human Rights and Peace Store is a joint venture between Growing Communities for Peace and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. The store is an important tool for bringing Human Rights and Peace Education to our schools, homes, workplaces and communities. We provide easy access to Human Rights and Peace Education books, curricula, posters, training guides, multimedia materials, gifts, bookmarks, kindness currency, and other resources.
Growing Communities for Peace and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center have combined their resources and vast networks to bring Human Rights and Peace Education materials to the forefront for Preschool through Adult education learners. We see the importance of integrating the knowledge base and practices of Human Rights and Peace Education, because of the richness these blended domains can offer to the challenging world in which we live. These materials provide a new lens for working for justice, peace, and democracy, so that all human beings can grow and develop to their full potential with dignity and human rights.
This special collection of Human Rights and Peace Education products represents years of research and networking to find through links with partnering human rights and peace organizations, publishers, small presses, and other hard-to-find community-based initiatives.
The University of Minnesota Human Rights Center works locally, nationally, and internationally to provide training, educational materials, and assistance to academic professionals, advocates, students, and volunteers to promote and protect human rights. The Human Rights Center carries out this mission through three primary programs/projects, in addition to the Human Rights and Peace Store:
Our Human Rights Library houses a massive collection of more than 85,000 core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international documents. The site also provides more than 4,000 links and a unique search device for multiple human rights sites. Documents are available in 9 languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
This is My Home: A Minnesota Human Rights Education Experience is a free, web-based K-12 human rights education initiative. The site hosts and online community of educators and community partners dedicated to advancing Human Rights Education. This is My Home resources include curriculum and action planning tools and resources, lesson plans, multimedia resources, information on training opportunities and more.
The Human Rights Center encourages residents of the Upper Midwest-including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders and others-to undertake practical experiences/internships in human rights organizations. The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement should provide both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization, as well as foster links between communities in the Upper Midwest and human rights and social justice organizations around the world. Participants return with a stronger commitment to a lifetime of work in human rights and social justice and contribute to bringing human rights concerns home to communities in the Upper Midwest.
Growing Communities for Peace (GCFP) is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive peace education. We scour publishing houses throughout the world to find the newest and latest thinking, discoveries and tools that are useful in building a Culture of Peace in our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces. We also look for the old, ancient, wise offerings that are still helpful, if not more so, that are life-giving and create a sense of well-being in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.
Teachers in all domains of education are needed .We make that possible by interweaving peace education concepts throughout the entire curriculum all year, every year with our repertoire of resources. Teachers and whole school districts can find a home at the www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org because we provide the big picture as well as the stepping stones.
Parents and community leaders are needed. It does take a village to raise a child to provide the support and tools whereby each child can realize a full expression of his/her humanity. It is only in becoming more human that we can become more humane. Therefore, GCFP has made a point of providing valuable material for parenting and community leaders/workers.
Just as we would not expect children and young adults to solve complex math problems without years of increasing skills levels, we cannot expect children to create a more peaceful world without increasing skill levels all throughout the PreK-12 and college years. As children grow, so do their needs for learning how to live in a global village.
Growing Communities for Peace, which is a group of educators, parents and community leaders, is dedicated to finding and providing materials that address the needs of our future citizens and species inhabiting the Earth- the precious blue jewel in the Universe. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ” - William Butler Yeats
Let us tend the fire well.
The Human Rights and Peace Store staff welcomes input from individuals who have resources they have developed and would like featured in this collection. We also appreciate recommendations of materials and other tools that practitioners find to be useful in the field. Either email your suggestion(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a review copy to:
University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
N-120 Mondale Hall
229 - 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Proceeds of items purchased through the Human Rights and Peace Store go towards developing Human Rights Education materials and consulting with schools, colleges, community leaders, and human rights workers in co-creating a world that works for all.