Human rights education shall be defined as training, dissemination and information efforts aimed at the building of a universal culture of human rights through the imparting of knowledge and skills and the moulding of attitudes and directed to:
  1. The strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  2. The full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity;
  3. The promotion of understanding, tolerance, gender equality and friendship among all nations, indigenous peoples and racial, national, ethnic, religious and linguistic groups;
  4. The enabling of all persons to participate effectively in a free society;
  5. The furtherance of the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
From “Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education, 1995-2004’.