9th ICHRE Conference, International Conference on Human Rights Education - Welcome


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Message to the 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education Participants

Shortly after completing my term as Australian Human Rights Commissioner, I established a series of International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) which many of you have attended over the years.

The 2010 Sydney conference initiated an important dialogue on the contribution made by human rights education in furthering democracy, the rule of law, as well as the promotion of intercultural dialogue, social harmony and justice. Since then, we have visited South Africa, Poland, Taiwan, USA, the Netherlands, Chile and Canada. Together we have established a grassroots movement for the continued growth of world-wide human rights education.

I now write to welcome you back to Sydney to celebrate our 9th ICHRE titled: Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society.

The 9th ICHRE is a very special occasion for me personally. It is 45 years since my wife and I became refugees and resettled in Australia. This year, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration which highlighted the value of human rights education.

It is also time to say thank you and to commend the Western Sydney University for its commitment over the years to advancing human rights culture, for underwriting the success of our conferences and for its ongoing support of the international human rights education movement.

I trust that this conference will further advance human rights culture world-wide and I encourage your participation!

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Dr Sev Ozdowski AM
Foundation Convenor & Series Coordinator, International Human Rights Conference Series
President, Australian Council for Human Rights Education
Director, Equity and Diversity, Western Sydney University

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The Education Knowledge Network within the School of Education at Western Sydney University is a NESA endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient level.

Attendance at this conference will contribute 15 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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