The vision of Education and Human Rights in Diversity (Edu-HRight) is to be an internationally recognised leader in socially relevant social justice- and human rights-related research in, as well as education for, South Africa and Africa.


To create and sustain a research and education environment that is grounded in values of social justice and human rights in diversity.


The values of Edu-HRight are fully aligned with those of the North-West University (NWU) with a view to creating, continually, a culture that reflects these values.

We, the members of Edu-HRight, believe that:

  • Our community of scholars must be founded on the pursuit of knowledge through research, teaching and learning and community engagement, with membership acquired on the basis of intellectual merit, ability and the potential for outstanding, rigorous scholarship.
  • Differing perspectives, arising from diverse backgrounds and histories that define the identities of our subareas, deepen scholarly inquiry and enrich academic debate.

We treasure:

  • Academic freedom, creative and innovative thinking, ethical standards and integrity, accountability and unity-in-diversity.
  • Our staff and postgraduate candidates, who constitute Edu-HRight’s core asset.

We foster:

  • An inquiry‐led and evidence‐based approach to creating knowledge.
  • Academic citizenship, whereby we commit ourselves to harnessing our intellectual abilities in the interests of our nation and humanity.

We recognise that:

In a resource‐constrained world where vast disparities remain, Edu-HRight cultivates – on a regular and sustained basis – researchers (established, novice, fellows and postgraduate candidates) who appreciate the importance of:

  • Engaging communities;
  • Entrepreneurial endeavours and
  • Innovative actions in advancing scholarly knowledge, education, employment, and development in our local contexts