This publication presents the first policy guidance developed by the United Nations’ Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (OSAPG) and UNESCO to address hate speech through education. Hate speech is a centuries-old problem of acute concern that has gained new levels of traction globally as a result of the digital turn and rise of populism. Today, hatred is thriving, both online and offline, infringing on the individual and collective human rights and undermining social cohesion. … Countering hate speech does not mean to limit the freedom to speak. On the contrary, it should mean striving to encourage, foster and protect freedom of expression as a universal human right, ensuring that measures to safeguard individuals and groups from being targeted do nothing to curb access to that right. Education can help to strike this difficult balance by empowering teachers and educators to foster an appreciation of human rights, promote respect for diversity and cultivate active and responsible citizenship.This policy guide seeks to provide guidance and recommendations on how better to frame, develop and implement education policies to address the problem.

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