Basque Plan of Action for Human Rights and Peace Education (2008-09)

(June 2007)


This document contains the first Basque Plan of Action for Human Rights and Peace Education. The justification for such a plan lies in the mandate shared by all democratic societies to stimulate and promote in their citizens a profound knowledge about and respect for human rights. In the specific case of Basque society, in addition to this universal contemporary demand there is the particularity of a society plagued by the persistence of violence, in particular by the persistence of terrorism by ETA. Protecting the dignity of all people and their rights requires, in a society like ours, a broad, education-based effort that involves numerous social sectors and that is impelled and coordinated by the society’s institutions, although always with the firm understanding that the main role must be played by society itself.

The structure of this document responds, on the one hand, to the fact that it is a Plan of Action and, on the other hand, to the need for it to be instructive and accessible to the wide range of sectors that are to be involved in its implementation. Thus, part one presents the context that serves as an institutional, social and regulatory frame of reference for this Plan. Included here are the key issues that help understand the reasons behind a Plan of these characteristics and which give an idea of its profile and philosophy. Also included is a preview of the results obtained thus far from a diagnosis being carried out by the Human Rights Directorate during 2007 on the state of education (formal, non-formal and informal) in Euskadi. The updated diagnosis of our abilities (both institutional and social), of our progress, is vital for correctly determining the target objectives for the next two-year period.

In part two, the basic substantive features that give shape to the document are described. The primary objective, the guiding principles and the strategic lines are made specific.

Finally, in part three, the operational part, a model of the Plan and the articulation of the various agents called upon to participate in it are presented. The strategic programmes for intervention in the institutional sphere (Basque Government, Provincial Councils and Local Councils) are set forth. Lastly, reference is made to the monitoring and assessment criteria to be used and a budget forecast is also suggested.

This introduction should not come to an end without underlining an important fact that must be kept in mind. This draft requires a verification phase that will last until the end of September 2007 and therefore its contents are not final. The contributions and criticisms of political and social agents will serve to correct, broaden and enrich the document. Our presentation of this draft at this early stage with a high degree of concretion responds to our wish to provide traction and work proactively. It must be especially highlighted that the predictions made in relation to the Provincial and Local Councils have had only one relative verification phase due to the fact that the these bodies are still being constituted following the recent elections. These circumstances, in our opinion, did not make necessary a pause in the work already underway. For this reason it should be understood that the budget forecast is that made by the Basque Government, although it covers the entirety of the actions contemplated by the Plan. This is also the reason that the degree of detail is higher with respect to the action to be taken by the Departments of the Basque Government.

[icon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-folder-open” color=”#dd3333″] Download: Basque Plan or Action for Human Rights and Peace Eduaction (2008-2009). Working Draft 1.0.