n Commonwealth Youth and Development - 'Seeing comes before words' : human rights, art and education
|Article Title||'Seeing comes before words' : human rights, art and education|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Commonwealth Youth and Development|
|Author||Bertrand Borg and Colm Regan|
|Publication Date||Nov 2010|
|Pages||44 - 56|
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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