n Commonwealth Youth and Development - 'Seeing comes before words' : human rights, art and education

Volume 8, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Within the context of human rights and development education, the authors explore the importance of the visual in constructing and understanding ways of seeing in the world. In exploring a number of key aspects of art, for example ambiguity, complexity and contradiction, the authors examine the role of art in public education, in communication and in storytelling; outlining some of its key contributions and potentials. Two case studies are presented - one exploring the issue of genocide and applying some of its understandings and lessons to Northern Ireland and the second outlining a methodology developed to explore the 'personal' dimensions of human rights and their relevance to self. Both case studies arise from the work of the Irish NGO 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

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