Promoting human rights education

For PEN Català


Brand Identity, Conceptualization, Content Curation, Graphic Design, Handbook, Learning Activities, Social Impact, Workshop


Humanitarian, Cultural, Educational


PEN Català


Human rights education (HRE) helps develop skills and attitudes that promote equality, dignity and respect in the community, in society and in the world. The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (2010) defines HRE as «education, training, awareness raising, information, practices and activities which aim, by equipping learners with knowledge, skills and understanding and developing their attitudes and behaviour, to empower learners to contribute to the building and defence of a universal culture of human rights in society, with a view to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms».

The Catalan chapter of PEN International (PEN Català) has been long promoting activities focused on the defence of human rights and freedom of expression. Since 2006, PEN Català has coordinated the Writers in Refuge Programme. This programme aims to host a writer who is threatened, persecuted or at risk of being imprisoned as a consequence of their writing for a period of two years. Within the framework of this program, several workshops and meetings have been held, mainly in secondary schools, to present and raise awareness of the situation of persecuted writers.


TSVC has been commissioned to design different workshops on human rights education, including a series of teaching guides for secondary education with the common thread of PEN Català persecuted writers. The workshops —all of them with a creative component— are based on the educational principles of transformative experiences, conceptual rigor, inclusion and diversity, openness to new languages and interdisciplinarity. These are the basis of workshops such as «Lettered Idols», «Be a Speaker!» and «Fugitive Writings», which bring secondary students closer to the reality of PEN Català persecuted writers and artists through an innovative methodology that combines comics and journalism as means to address a complex topic that links to the curriculum in an interdisciplinary way, allowing the development of different competencies.

Although the teaching guides are intended to be used by secondary school teachers, they can also be adapted and used by other socio-educational profiles who want to promote knowledge, skills and attitudes in accordance with human rights principles in different educational contexts.