Human Rights Education in Finland

There are many different actors involved in human rights education in Finland. Basic Education Act and the national curriculum include numerous references to human rights and fundamental rights. Human rights are regarded and the core values for basic education, and specific topics are taught in several compulsory subjects as history, civic eduation, and religion/ethics.

In secondary and upper education human rights are included in many educational standards, including the police, the boarder control, and in much of the caring industry. Since human rights are well protected by the Finnish national legislation, their origin is sometimes obscured by the terminology in a specific legislative act.

Human rights and fundamental rights include several topics, and sometimes these are taught under headings such as education in democracy, or global education.

You can find general information about the Finnish educational system, legislation and national curriculums from The National Board of Education's website.