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Welcome to the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE) website. 

The CHRCE is an initiative of the DCU Institute of Education.  

The Centre was launched in 2004 with the support and collaboration of Amnesty International (Irish Section).



The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE) champions educational policy and practice which promotes human rights, children’s rights, global justice and environmental sustainability.

Founded in 2004 as a collaboration between St Patrick’s College DCU and Amnesty Ireland, and led by Fionnuala Waldron as Chair and Brian Ruane as Programme Leader, the CHRCE quickly established itself as a leader in the related fields of human rights education and global citizenship education.

Now in its second decade, the CHRCE specialises in research, resource creation and professional development which furthers good practice in relation to global and local citizenship and human rights education.

The Centre’s expertise extends across early childhood, primary, post-primary and third level education including teacher education.

Committed to creative, cutting-edge and collaborative approaches, both in terms of pedagogy and research methodology, the Centre draws on the varied expertise of its members, steering committee, university context and national and international partnerships.

Working with governmental and non-governmental organisations, teachers and schools, the Centre is at the forefront of developments in human rights and global citizenship education both in Ireland and internationally.