Representatives from the ten institutions of higher education in Rio Grande do Sul met in the La Salle University in Canoas / RS on June the 28th. The occasion arose from the fact that the State has launched a national pact of universities to promote the respect for cultural diversity, peace and human rights, under the aegis of the Ministry of Education.
Our University joined the Pact in November 2016 and undertook to develop a work programme based on human rights. Prof. Dr Tatiana Vargas Maia says «I must emphasise that part of the programme will be the inclusion of human rights in the professional development of teachers through interaction with the Gaucho Committee which is leading the #ElesporElas movement.», Prof. Dr Tatiana Vargas Maia is the coordinator of the committee responsible for the Pact.
The Adviser on Inter-institutional and International Affairs in La Salle University, Prof. Dr José Alberto Antunes de Miranda, insists on the importance of the role of the University in contributing to human development. «As a community college, we have the responsibility of ensuring people in the community are attentive to the principal discussions that are taking place in our country. Human rights and respect for cultural diversity and peace are important topics of debate in a country like Brazil.»
The ceremony launching the Pact in Rio Grande do Sul included a discourse by Prof. Dr. Antonio Carlos Wolkmer on «Human Rights as a Project in Society».
The University Pact to promote respect for cultural diversity and human rights is a joint initiative of the Ministries of Education and Justice and Citizenship to promote education in human rights in higher education. It is open to establishments of higher education and supporting bodies. Its objective is to overcome violence, prejudice and discrimination, and to encourage educational activities which promote and defend human rights in higher education. The initiative will be extended to the 2,300 institutes of higher education in Brazil.