African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


Human right education in sub-Saharan Africa: An overview of some challenges and prospects

Ikponwosa Ero
  • Ikponwosa Ero
  • University of Alberta, Canada.
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  •  Received: 13 December 2008
  •  Accepted: 06 May 2013
  •  Published: 31 August 2014



This analysis takes up the issue of human rights education in sub-Saharan Africa. It argues that human rights education is necessary for shifting the status of sub- Saharan Africans from subjects—mostly to local and international power relations—to citizens: with rights and responsibilities. The feasibility of this process is analyzed by looking at the challenges to its materialization, mainly those factors that have denied human right awareness to a majority of persons in the region. These include the question of culture, entrenched power structures including socio-economic hierarchies, and some matters arising from the transfer of knowledge from one to another in the process of human rights education.


Key words: Human rights, education, Africa.