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




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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