Seminars & Workshops

Initial Situation


In Fritz Bauer's terms, we cannot make heaven out of the earth, but we can do something to ensure that it does not become hell. Our seminars want to make a small contribution so that "the human rights violations of today do not become the massacres of tomorrow". (Kofi Annan)

The starting point of our seminars and workshops is the gap between human rights on the one hand and massive human rights violations on the other. This conflict, which can be observed all over the world, requires us to convey the theory and practice of human rights and to advocate a culture of dialogue and the search for justice, which is a precondition of a democratic society.

For the jurist Fritz Bauer, resistance has always been "the struggle for human rights", which is about the "actual realization" of human rights. However, this is only possible if people are aware of their own rights and those of others and are willing to commit themselves to it.

Key role of human rights education

Human rights education was recognized quite some time ago by the United Nations and also by Germany, which has committed itself to human rights education. Nevertheless, there is still a considerable need for action in educational practices.


Three dimensions of human rights education


On this background our seminars should encourage and enable the struggle for human rights. Based on the pedagogical concept of the FBB College and with reference to the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training of the United Nations of 2011, the seminars and workshops cover three dimensions of human rights education:

  • Education on human rights, which provides knowledge on documents, declarations and transnational organisations relevant to the implementation of human rights,
  • Education through human rights, which initiates awareness-raising processes and makes it possible to reflect critically on one's own attitudes,
  • Education for human rights that enables participants to think and act emancipatory.

In contrast to other seminars, the seminars and workshpos do not teach human rights in an abstract way, but concretely on the basis of survival stories and the search for justice.

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