Manitoba Education has signed an agreement with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to recognize it as a valuable educational resource.
One of the goals of the agreement will be for the province and museum to work to develop a framework to highlight and reinforce human rights learning in Manitoba curricula, linked to the ongoing research work of the museum.
“This partnership with CMHR will further enhance the work our government is doing to protect and promote human rights in our schools through legislation such as Bill 18,” Education Minister Nancy Allan said. “It is an important expression of our shared vision to turn this city and province into a national centre of excellence in human rights learning and research.”
Allan said Manitoba has developed school curricula that are inclusive of human rights and social justice, linked to teaching and learning about rights and responsibilities. At the high school level, human rights education is integrated across many subject areas, which will enable teachers to use CMHR visits as a natural extension of classroom lesson plans.
The partnership is the only one of its kind in Canada between a provincial government and a national museum, which is slated to open in 2014.