Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme has entered into a partnership with Agni Foundation to implement Human Rights Education via Amnesty Clubs in schools across Tamil Nadu. Agni Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Chennai serves as a platform for socially aware adolescents who work with their local communities and adopt a culture of commitment in social service. Envisioned as an avenue through which young people learn and take action to uphold the values and principles of human rights in the world around them, the partnership will pilot a launch Amnesty Clubs across 300 schools in various districts in Tamil Nadu during the month of July.
To kick-start the process, a preliminary session on Human Rights Education and its relevance in school life was conducted for 25 school relationship managers from the Agni Foundation. Held at the Agni College of Technology in Chennai on 26, May 2016, the relationship mangers were not only introduced to the values and principles of human rights but also trained in the process of setting up Amnesty Clubs in the pilot schools. The participants were made familiar with the global principles of Human Rights Education, which from the pillars of human rights-friendly school. In addition to this, a mapping exercise for schools was conducted which helped participants visualise effective structures and processes to set up Amnesty Clubs in their schools. The exercise brought in some interesting ideas from participants who presented their ideas of a human rights friendly school zone.
Speaking on the occasion, a participant said, “There are human rights abuses that are happening everywhere and it starts from our own family and community. HRE is a very good concept to change the attitudes of a child, thereby making him/her an instrument of change in his/her community. We are excited to take this partnership forward.”