Help us establish the world’s largest online community for human rights defenders!

Amnesty International and edX are partnering together to offer a brand new series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) establishing the largest online platform for human rights education globally. 

The cutting-edge online courses will be available to anyone, at anytime, anywhere in the world, for free.

Help shape our first pilot human rights course now by taking our online survey.

Amnesty’s human rights MOOCs will be massive in their ability to provide a social learning environment where many thousands of participants from across the world can converge to share, discuss and challenge their ideas about human rights issues simultaneously. Young leaders, activists and human rights experts will be able to directly engage with each other no matter where they are, taking human rights education to the next level globally.

Human rights education is key to addressing the underlying causes of injustice around the world. The more people know about their rights, and the rights of others in society, the better equipped they are to protect them.

Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International.

Our MOOCs aim to empower young people by providing them with the leadership skills and the human rights expertise that they need to defend and promote human rights for all. 

By launching our action-oriented MOOCs on human rights with edX we will enable young people to get in touch with human rights defenders and experts from all around the world. We will offer them access to quality human rights education on the most pressing issues that matter to them through our highly engaging and confidence building MOOCs. 

We will apply our extensive knowledge of delivering human rights education in over 60 countries to the massive open online format. We will draw on our experience of the most engaging educational practices to empower people to create change.

Barbara Weber, Director, Human Rights Education, Amnesty International

“From the seasoned activist who has marched in a hundred rallies and wants to know more about human rights to the technology entrepreneur whose interest has been piqued by the surveillance and privacy debate, said Salil Shetty.

“These new courses will have something for everyone. They also have the brilliant ability to attract a new kind of human rights defender to our cause.” 

Driven by the fact that everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights and should have access to human rights education, we will draw on your feedback to provide you with the best possible learning experience.

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