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Here's where we share all that is happening in the world of human rights education. What human rights friendly schools are doing, what they have achieved, what challenges they face, and what more can be done! Hear the voices from the ground and listen to expert opinions so that you too can be inspired to make a difference. 

2013 : Programme Updates

“Equality is Gender- Free,” says Mount Litera Zee School, Haridwar

Gender-based discrimination is a complex and sensitive concept to tackle with students. However, the teachers at Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS), Haridwar believed it was important for their students to not only understand the concept of gender discrimination, but to also bring the principles of gender equality into their school and classrooms.

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Using activities and ideas from the “Equality is Gender- Free” toolkit created by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme, the teachers conducted the “Problem- Solution Tree” activity conducted on 27th, April 2016 for students in class II and III.

The students were asked to write down what they perceived were examples of gender stereotypes in daily life. Some of the more common “problems” that emerged were that “They say that boys were more pampered at home, girls couldn’t play sports like football and cricket, and, boys were not supposed to cry or express their emotions. A discussion was then held, where students were asked to recommend solutions to each of the “problems” that were highlighted.”

This activity also gave teachers an opportunity to understand the kinds of stereotypes faced in class by their students. “It was a wonderful experience to interact with children and understand their mindset on such sensitive issues, “said one of the teachers at MLZS Haridwar. The activity was not just a learning for the students but also a positive impact for teachers while they agreed to accept the fact that talent should be measured beyond gender.

In addition to this, a “Let’s Talk” activity was initiated by the teachers, where various case studies on gender stereotypes were touched upon. The students of classes VI, VII and VIII were involved in a group discussion to highlight steps to overcome gender stereotypes in society. “Nowadays, girls are taking up challenging jobs. There is lots of scope for women in today’s world” says a class class VIII student. The teachers encouraged the students to combat the gender issue with a positive attitude and asked them to put it into practice in their daily school life.

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Amnesty International’s “Equality is Gender-Free” toolkit (Download here) is an inclusive kit for teachers to help their students in schools to understand and question the various stereotypes faced in a classroom. The toolkit lays emphasis on formation of a rights- respecting society, and how to break down the complexity of gender-based discrimination.

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human rights education

When Education and Art Collide

Schools from Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme collaborate with Arts students from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. (more…)

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Delhi
Human Rights Education

Together towards building a rights respecting society !

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme and Centre For Civil Society (CCS) organise a workshop for the teachers of Project Patang, Delhi Public School, Vasant Vihar and R.K. Puram.

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Bangalore

The Shine Foundation embraces Human Rights Education!

A training workshop in New Delhi saw Shine’s teachers discuss ways to integrate Amnesty International India’s HRE programme into their community work.

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Patiala
Human Rights Education

Teachers of Mount Litera Zee School Patiala embrace principles of Human Rights!

Mount Litera Zee School Patiala teachers embrace Human Rights as part of daily school life in a workshop organised by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme! (more…)

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Bangalore
Human Rights Education

Teachers of Brigade School Bangalore embrace Human Rights of Students!

An interactive workshop by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme saw social science teachers of Brigade School discuss ways to make their school Human Rights Friendly! (more…)

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BENGALURU
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

Teach For India Fellows take a crash course in Human Rights Education!

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme and Teach For India (TFI) organise a workshop for TFI Fellows at the organisation’s first City Conference in Bengaluru. (more…)

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Teach For India Fellows take a crash course in Human Rights Education!

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme and Teach For India (TFI) organise a workshop for TFI Fellows at the organisation’s first City Conference in Bengaluru.

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ALWAR
GANDHI JAYANTI

Students take Human Rights Education to their Community!

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Mount Litera Zee School, Alwar marked this year’s Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2015 in a special way that left everyone with a message for the future.

The school organised a rally and a street play with the help of student representatives for the people of Alwar. This community engagement initiative was aimed at creating awareness on one of the major issues responsible for violence against women — the prevalence of the Dowry system in Rajasthan. Using the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the initiative spread the message of equality for women in a non-violent and unique way.

Part of the Zee Learn education network, Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating the HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org/hre/homesee?section=see#tab1.

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Goa
Human Rights Week

Students of Mount Litera Zee School, Goa organise Human Rights Awareness Week!

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

- Nelson Mandela

Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS), Goa students organised a week long Human Rights Awareness programme from 1st to 10th December 2015 to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10th December 1948. A landmark document, it recognises that ‘the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’.

Students from various classes (4th to 9th standard) participated in special assemblies that highlighted the rights enshrined in the document through a variety of activities which included skits, mimes, acts and quizzes for each fundamental right. The acts featured the Right to Education, Right to Equality and Right to Freedom of Religion among others. The celebrations also showcased the creative boards put together by the students on the theme of ‘Human Rights’.

In the words of Ms. Sandhya Venkatesh, Principal, MLZS Goa, “The initiative definitely made an impact on the innocent minds and has stimulated them positively.”

Part of the Zee Learn education network, the Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating the HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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Students of Laa De join us in saying BullyNoMore!

Students from Laa De Kerela’s schools enthusiastically participate in Human Rights Month 2014 and the BullyNoMore campaign.Students from Laa De Kerela’s schools enthusiastically participate in Human Rights Month 2014 and the BullyNoMore campaign.
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Bengaluru
Human Rights Week

Students of Delhi Public School, Bangalore North celebrate Human Rights Day!

Delhi Public School (DPS), Bangalore (North) celebrated Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015 with the students creating thoughtful and colourful boards highlighting the importance of Human Rights for all.  The boards depicted a gamut of issues including Women’s Empowerment, Child Abuse, Bullying and the Rights of the Elderly among others.

Our partner since October 2012, DPS North has been integrating the HRE programme in their school to advance their mission of promoting meaningful and joyful learning.

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Students explore how they can make gender equality a part of daily school life.

Through classroom activities and structured discussions, students at Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Roorkee, analyse the issue of gender discrimination, with a special focus on dealing with gender inequality in school spaces.

As part of Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme (HRE), students from classes VI and VII at Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Roorkee were introduced to the issue of gender discrimination and gender equality. Held on 24th February, 2016, the aim of the session was to educate students on why a society free of gender discrimination is the imminent consequence for gender parity.

The activities conducted as part of the session were from “Equality is Gender- Free” a toolkit by Amnesty’s HRE programme. The toolkit – following the programme’s commitment to experiential learning - focuses on introducing children to the issue of gender-based discrimination in school and helps them arrive at solutions through which stereotypes could be broken.

One activity that was particularly eye-opening for the students was the ‘Problem-Solution Tree’.  The students were given a blank card to note down any particular gender stereotype they had observed in their classroom, school or community. These cards were then posted on the ‘tree trunk’, which represented the ‘problem’ section. Some common stereotypes that emerged were, “Girls are not expected to be breadwinners” and “Girls can cook and boys can play sports”.

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 A discussion between students and teachers ensued, with the possible solutions to each stereotype listed out. These were then pasted on the ‘branches’ of the tree, representing the ‘solutions’.  The students were then asked to put their views and solutions into practice.

Students exhibited a remarkable maturity in dealing with this sensitive yet crucial topic. The teachers also commended the activity, claiming that it gave them an opportunity to discuss the issue and explore solutions from the students’ perspectives.

The Equality is Gender-free toolkit has been complied by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme. It is designed to help teachers introduce the issue of gender discrimination in a sensitive way, and consists of age-appropriate activities for the classroom. A free copy of the toolkit is available for download here.  

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Human Rights Education

Students at Jindal MLZS, Nagothana build and share opinions on caste reservations in India

As part of their work with Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme, students at the Jindal Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS), Nagothana explore the Right to Equal Opportunity.

Eager to understand and form an opinion on an issue that is important and relevant to them and the student community, middle and high-school students participated in a debate on caste reservation in India. Cheered on by 50 of their fellow students, ten speakers from classes VI to IX explored the various aspects of the topic under debate - “Should there be reservation based on caste and religion”.

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The session was extremely insightful, with participants exploring the concept of reservation in education, and why empowering marginalised communities with quality education is a vital step towards bringing equality and social justice in India.

The event, held on 24th February 2016 was conducted by the Principal of the school, Mrs. Savita Sharma, and presided over by UNESCO Coordinator, Lavkesh Landge and Human Rights Education (HRE) Coordinator, Rashmi Sexena.

To learn more about the HRE programme, visit www.amnesty4education.org.

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Hyderabad
Human Rights Week

Staff, students and volunteers celebrate Young at Risk Day and Shout Out Against Bullying!

Over 400 students, staff and volunteers came together to celebrate the annual Young at Risk (YaR) Day organised for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana  Don Bosco Navajeevan in Ramanthapur on 5th and 6th December 2015. The celebrations, organised around the theme of ‘No Bullying’, saw active engagement of the different YaR centres - Hyderabad, Auxilium Navajeevana, Vijayawada, Vizag, Rajahmundry, Ongole, Warangal and Kurnool.

An interesting feature of the event was the participation of children from the local community at all levels of planning, organisation, coordination and their active involvement in the various events. The event also consisted of a 'bal-adalat' (childrens' jury) with a representative from each YaR centre among other creative games and activities.

The session concluded with students, volunteers and staff pledging their support for creating a bullying-free environment for all and shouting out for ‘Bye-Bye Bullying’. The colourful hand imprints of all those present made the event even more memorable.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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Maharashtra
Human Rights Education

School Heads of Seven Muktangan Schools come together to take a crash course in Human Rights Education!

School Heads from seven Muktangan Municipal Schools in Worli, Mumbai, came together to discuss how Student Councils can help integrate Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme into daily school life.  (more…)

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Salil Shetty, Secretary General – Amnesty International visits Cathedral High School

On 31st August 2013, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty Internationalvisited Cathedral High School - a 147 year old ICSC school in Bangalore, and one of the pilot schools in Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education Programme. Mr. Shetty visited the school to interact with the core committee, to share the message of Human Rights Education with them and to urge teachers to play a more active role to create effective and responsible citizens of the nation.

During the session, the school’s progress on integrating human rights into daily school life was shared with Mr. Shetty, including plans for the future. Anecdotes from some of the core committee meetings were shared with Mr. Shetty; especially highlighting the issues discussed on rewards and sanctions for children and the processes developed in the school for this.

The core committee used this opportunity to clarify specific doubts that they had on what is an ideal student council. They also asked Mr. Shetty some questions on Amnesty International. They wanted to know why Amnesty had started this grass roots initiative of HRE and what they hoped would emerge from it. Given his travels around the world, they asked for his opinion on India and its future. A good discussion emerged on the role of children and Human Rights Education for the development of a rights respecting society.

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Mr. Shetty has promised to come back to the school in a few years to see its progress, thus motivating the school to showcase themselves as one of the pioneer schools of the Human Rights Education programme in India.

 

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Bengaluru
Times School Expo 2015

Online Parenting Portal ParentCircle.com joins Amnesty International India to Shout Out Against Bullying!

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme and ParentCircle organise a workshop on Bullying for young children at the Times School Expo 2015 in Bengaluru.  (more…)

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NIOS and Amnesty International India launch human rights course for Bihar community health workers

Over 4,000 community health workers in Bihar will receive training in human rights over the next three months as part of a new certificate course launched by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Amnesty International India. The ‘Self-Learning Human Rights Certificate Course’ aims to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation in the public through community health workers. At a workshop organized at the NIOS Patna regional office for key stakeholders, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Director, Academics at NIOS, said, “We are very happy to introduce the self-learning human rights course as a pilot project. It is important to empower people with correct knowledge of laws and provisions. It is important to build a culture of respect, dignity and civic responsibility, and this course provides an opportunity for learners to empower themselves and others around them, ensuring smooth redressal as well as prevention of human rights abuses.” “By introducing a comprehensive course about human rights in simple language, we hope to provide participants with information on human rights and relevant provisions in the Constitution of India, laws and state policies, with a special focus on women and children,” said Somya Dimri, Programme Coordinator at Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education Programme. “We hope to see participants empowered and aware of their rights and responsibilities, while also being more perceptive to rights-based issues around them,” she added. The three-month course is designed for community workers working in the fields of health and education - including Accredited Social Health Activists or ASHAs, Anganwadi workers, MAMTA government health workers and private health workers - in rural and urban Bihar. The course aims to help participants learn about various human rights issues and violations. The course also details rights and remedies available within the legal framework. Participants are expected to work on community-level human rights issues and run local awareness campaigns after the completion of the course. The certificate course will eventually reach out to over 1625 women and 2375 men across Bihar. Mr. Sanjay K. Sinha, Regional Director at NIOS, said, “This course is provided free of cost to participants from all 38 districts in Bihar. We have ensured that at least 40% of the participants are women. 25 master trainers will conduct personal sessions with over 4000 learners that will help learners to clarify any doubts about the course content and the programme roll-out.” Background The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) was established in 1989 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The NIOS certifies registered learners in pre-degree level academic, technical and vocation courses. It aims to provide sustainable inclusive learning, with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development. It has a network of more than 6,000 study centres across the country and abroad. More than 500,000 students are admitted to its 150 courses every year. Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme works with school communities – school management, students, teachers and parents - in India to make human rights a part of everyday life. The programme is rooted in the belief that if dignity, respect, inclusion and non-discrimination become accepted as the norm, children start living a culture of human rights, thereby contributing to creating a rights-respecting society.  READ MORE...
Noida
Human Rights Day

National Institute of Open Schooling celebrates Human Rights Day!

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) in collaboration with Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme celebrated this year’s Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015 in the NIOS head office at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. 

The session, attended by academics and vocational faculty staff, highlighted the role of Human Rights in making education a transformative space. Further, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma (Professor & Former Head, Chaudhary Charan Singh University) spoke on the history of Human rights in India and its need & relevance in the present times.

Bringing in a global perspective on the session, Amnesty International India’s Representative Somya Dimri addressed the gathering on the relevance of Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR) and the history of international human rights. In her own words, “Human rights are rights that are inalienable and by their very nature interdependent. It is important to recognize their role in safeguarding and promoting equality, non-discrimination and inclusion for everyone irrespective of people’s ascreptive identities. India was among the first few countries to sign the UDHR and can and should continue to play a defining role in mainstreaming human rights in the education sector.”

The session concluded with Professor CB Sharma (Chairman, NIOS) taking the pledge to always stand up for Human Rights and putting his hand up for making NIOS a Human Rights friendly place. Signed ‘NIOS for Human Rights’, the session not only proved to be a commemoration of Human Rights Day, rather, it also allowed the participants the opportunity to reflect and reiterate their commitment for the rights of the open schooling community. 

Other members who graced the occasion included C. Dharuman (Secretary, NIOS), Dr. Kuldeep Agarwal (Director Academics) and Dr. Sandhya Kumar (Deputy Director Academics). 

The NIOS, formerly known as National Open School (NOS), was established in November, 1989 as an autonomous organisation in pursuance of National Policy on Education 1986 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It aims to provide sustainable inclusive learning with universal and flexible access to quality school education and skill development for all.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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Human Rights Education

MUWCI Amnesty International Youth Group students and faculty Write for Rights of Syrian refugees

The MUWCI Amnesty International Youth Group students undertook a Write for Rights project for Syrian refugees, where students and faculty penned their words of support for them. (more…)

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Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Human Rights Week

Mount Litera Zee School, Naroli celebrates Human Rights Education Day!

Mount Litera Zee School, Naroli marked this year’s Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015 with a focus on educating the students and the members of the school community about their Human Rights. A range of activities were conducted on the theme of ‘No Tolerance to Bullying’ that highlighted the right of every child to be respected and valued for who they are.  

A special assembly saw the teachers and students share their thoughts and discuss what human rights mean to the different stakeholders in the school environment. The idea of the activity was to help the students understand how the rights that they read about are not abstract. Rather, they form the basis of their everyday interactions with their peers, school teachers and the community at large.

The celebrations also saw the students prepare charts and posters on the theme of Human Rights Education and Bullying.  The students and staff worked together to colour the school bully-free with Anti-Bullying messages across the school. 

Finally, the Human Rights Day celebrations culminated into an interactive community engagement activity with students from Sankalp Sansaar School, a school for the underprivileged, joining the MLZS students for a story telling session along with other fun activities. The activity helped students from different socio-economic backgrounds to learn about inclusion, respect and working with one another irrespective of differences.

The Mount Litera Zee Schools have been using the HRE programme in their schools to transform their educational institutions into a place that encourages children to understand their rights and responsibilities.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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UTTARAKHAND
AMNESTY CLUB

Mount Litera Zee School, Bhaniyawala launches Student Amnesty Club!

Mount Litera Zee School, Bhaniyawala launched its very own Student Amnesty Club this month. An Amnesty Student Club is a place for the student to learn about Human Rights and DO something about the issues that are important to them. Whether it’s bullying on the playground or something else that they think is against the rights of children – either at school or in the country – the Amnesty Club is a place for students to DISCUSS, LEARN, SPEAK UP and TAKE ACTION.

Part of the Zee Learn education network, Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating the HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org/hre/homesee?section=see#tab1.

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Madhya Pradesh
Human Rights Week

Mount Litera Zee School students say Bye-Bye to Bullying!

Mount Litera Zee School, Indore celebrated Human Rights Week on 7th December 2015 with the students spreading smiles and awareness on the cause of ‘No Tolerance to Bullying’. The primary school students performed various interactive and informative activities for the members of the school community with an aim to bring notice to this important issue. These included classroom activities, a skit, rhymes on diversity and a very special morning assembly. 

Bullying is the act of purposely hurting someone by using methods such as name calling, teasing, ignoring them, making threats or physical attacks and other similar behaviour. It is not just a very serious problem children face. It's a Human Rights Abuse. Whether it is being called a nasty name or being beaten up, its effects continue to impact the lives of children long after they leave classrooms. The skit performed by the students reaffirmed the need and the right of children everywhere to be respected and appreciated for who they are.

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme works with schools in India to make human rights a part of daily school life. Under HRE, the 'No Tolerance To Bullying' module addresses the issue of bullying in schools and provides activities and ideas on how each member of the school community - Students, Teachers, Parents and Management - can help make schools bully-free.

Join our voice and Shout Out Against Bullying at www.bullynomore.in. You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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Human Rights Education

Mount Litera Zee School Karnal Kick-starts Human Rights Education in Haryana!

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme ventures into Haryana with teachers from Mount Litera Zee School Karnal saying Yes to Human Rights! (more…)

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Bathinda
Human Rights Education

Mount Litera Zee School Bathinda launches Human Rights Education in Punjab!

Mount Litera Zee School Bathinda teachers kick-start Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme in Punjab! (more…)

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Human Rights Week

MLZS Karnal celebrates Human Rights of Students!

Mount Litera Zee School (MLZS), Karnal celebrated Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015 in Karnal, Haryana. To commemorate the occasion, students and teachers joined hands to organise a special assembly on the theme of ‘BullyNoMore’ with an aim to raise awareness on the issue of Bullying.  

Bullying is the act of purposely hurting someone by using methods such as name calling, teasing, ignoring them, making threats or physical attacks and other similar behaviour. It is not just a problem that children face and certainly not a part of “growing up”. Rather, it denies children the right to a safe, secure and dignified environment, as guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Therefore, bullying must be recognised for what it is – a Human Rights Abuse.

To learn more on how each member of the school community can help make schools bully-free visit – www.bullynomore.in. Join our campaign and Shout Out Against Bullying TODAY!

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Legacy School Bangalore’s Amnesty Club says #BullyNoMore with Clara and Elvis!

The Amnesty Club of Legacy School Bangalore enthusiastically participated in the #BullyNoMore campaign!
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Bengaluru
Human Rights Day

Legacy School Bangalore celebrates Human Rights Day!

Amnesty International India was invited to a workshop for the high school students of Legacy School Bangalore to commemorate Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015. Amidst celebrations in school on Human Rights, the workshop served as a platform for the students to come together and understand the principles of human rights like respect, kindness and equality in providing a holistic and enabling environment for all.  

An interactive and participatory activity was conducted on the human rights values of respect, dignity, participation and non-discrimination, whereby students were asked to work together in groups and weave stories around these principles. The result was an interesting mix of stories that gave a glimpse into how young minds relate to these values.

Reflecting on their experiences, students mentioned that they found it difficult to imagine these words and capture its essence while weaving a story despite the words being familiar and often used in daily conversations. One of the interesting stories included portraying non-discrimination as a marginalised girl.

In the words of Krittika Vishwanath, Programme Manager (Human Rights Education), the activity encouraged students to understand the relevance of these values in their daily lives. “Human rights do not exist in a vacuum or simply as abstract ideas. They form the basis of our interactions with others. The activity aimed to encourage students to understand and represent the values of respect, dignity, participation and non-discrimination using the method of story-telling”, she said.

The session ended with the students pledging their support for creating a bullying-free environment for all the members of the school community.

Our partners since 2013, Legacy School Bangalore has been integrating the HRE programme in their school to foster holistic growth of a child while allowing him/her the freedom to inquire, analyse, reason and evaluate. 

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at www.amnesty4education.org.

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Bangalore

Juvenile Justice through a Human Rights Education Lens

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education Programme partnered with Centre for Child and the Law – National Law School to conduct a session with students on the Juvenile Justice Bill.
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Bengaluru
Human Rights Week

Junior school students at Legacy School Bangalore celebrate Human Rights!

Legacy School Bangalore students celebrated Human Rights Week leading up to Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015. A number of activities were conducted with the junior school students on the theme of Bullying.

As part of the celebrations, one of the activities students engaged in was a ‘Body Mapping’ activity that helped students understand the implications of bullying, while also highlighting the importance of encouragement and diversity. The activity differentiated between how it feels to be ‘bullied’, to how one may feel if one feels ‘appreciated’. This facilitated the discussion on bullying and helped students to introspect, empathise and realise the harmful effects of bullying.

Bullying is the act of purposely hurting someone by using methods such as name calling, teasing, ignoring them, making threats or physical attacks and other similar behaviour. It is not just a problem that children face, it is a Human Rights Abuse that denies children the right to a safe, secure and dignified environment, as guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To learn more on how each member of the school community can help make schools bully-free visit – www.bullynomore.in

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Maharashtra
Amnesty Club

Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Nagothane kick-starts a Student Amnesty Club!

Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Nagothane launched its very own Student Amnesty Club on 4th December 2015 in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Along with the inauguration of the Amnesty Club, the event also marked the selection and oath taking ceremony of the student council members.

An Amnesty Club is a place for students to learn about Human Rights and to do something about the issues that affect them. Whether it’s bullying on the playground or a discussion on tolerance and diversity, it’s a place where students can discuss, learn, speak up and take action.

The concept of Amnesty Clubs is based on the fact that students, as young adults of today and future adults of tomorrow should know about the Rights to which they are entitled, as well as understand the responsibility of safeguarding the rights of others.

Part of the Zee Learn education network, Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating the HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org.

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Maharashtra
Amnesty Club (Human Rights Week 2015)

Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Nagothane creates Art for a Cause!

As part of Human Rights Week 2015 celebrations, the Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Nagothane organised wall painting and nukkad natak (street play) for the students and members of their village, Sukeli on 4th December 2015. The theme was “Save the Girl Child”, and the activities aimed to raise awareness against the gender selective abortion of female foetus which has skewed the population towards a significant underrepresentation of girls in Indian states.

The school is part of Amnesty’s Human Rights Education programme, which aims to bring the principles of human rights into daily school life. This year, as part of Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Week 2015 celebrations, schools under the programme were encouraged to go out into their communities and spread awareness about human rights issues.

The problem of female foeticide in India continues to be a severe issue, despite the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act-1994 banning sex selection treatment. Even with these policies in place, census figures show a notable decline in the child sex ratio from 947 girls to 1000 boys in 1991, to 927 girls for 1000 boys ten years later.

The students of Jindal Mount Litera Zee School felt that this issue needed to be highlighted and therefore undertook to engage with their community to spread awareness. The walls of the school became a showcase for their efforts as students joined hands to create art that raised awareness on female foeticide. In addition to the wall painting, a Nukkad Natak (street play) was also organised for the students and the village community at large.  Part of the Zee Learn education network, Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating Amnesty International India’s HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at www.amnesty4education.org.

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Gender Awareness comes into the classroom at Mount Litera Zee School, Alwar

With the aim to help students understand gender discrimination and to encourage the practice of gender equality in a classroom, Mount Litera Zee School, Alwar, conducted a series of activities on the issue in their school.

 Using the “Equality is Gender Free” toolkit provided by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme’s, the teachers were able to highlight the complex issues of gender discrimination, and foster a basic understanding of gender equality among the students. 

Organised from the 8th to the 12th of March 2016, the awareness drive kick-started with a special assembly. To celebrate Women’s Day, an inspiring song on gender equality, which was composed by one of the teachers, was sung by students from classes III and IV.  

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 More activities on the issue of gender equality were conducted over the next few days, including a storytelling session which helped explore gender stereotypes through some common stories. Students were then asked to discuss what they might do if they faced such situations in their lives. Another exercise which was enthusiastically received was a skit on general stereotypes faced by students in schools, which was enacted by the class IX students. Teachers also suggested that classrooms create and maintain a ‘Gender Board’, where students could showcase articles, drawings and paintings related to gender inequality.

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 The activities culminated with an interactive guest lecture on how gender issues could be tackled in school and in society. This discussion brought in many positive reactions, with students raising strong discussion points on gender discrimination and why breaking these gender stereotypes is imperative for a rights-respecting society.

 MLZS Alwar and Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme continue to work towards building student perspectives on human rights by developing positive attitudes towards society. If you would like to know more about our Gender kit, you can download it here. 

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Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme and Teach For India (TFI) come together again to educate and empower India’s youth while promoting human rights values in all areas of school life. (more…)

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Mount Litera Zee School, Roorkee has been part of Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme since March 2015 . This year, the school decided to mark World Literacy Day on 8th September 2015 with celebrations throughout the school.

A series of activities were carried out on the theme, “Each One Teach One”, with active participation from both,  students and teachers. The activities were designed to be fun, interactive and informative, like  a bookmark making competition, a comic-making activity using cartoon characters, a poster making session, as well as a student-led interactive session with the support staff of the school. The highlight of the Celebrations was the Nukkad Natika performed in the morning assembly on the theme, “Sab Padhey Sab Padhey Aao Chaley School Chaley”! ( Each One Teach One, Let's All Learn Together)

Part of the Zee Learn education network, Mount Litera Zee Schools have been integrating the HRE programme in their schools to advance their mission of nurturing the unique potential of each child.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org/hre/homesee?section=see#tab1.

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 Colourful Human Rights posters by students brighten up the walls of Mount Litera Zee School, Goa.
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Celebrations across PARA centres as students celebrate Human Rights Day!

People’s Action for Rural Awakening (PARA) celebrated Human Rights Day across its various centers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh leading up to Human Rights Day on 10th December 2015. Organised as part of Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Week 2015, the students and staff pledged their support to address the issue of Bullying, which is a Human Rights Abuse.  

To learn more about the effects of Bullying and what you can do to make a change visit www.bullynomore.in. Join our Shout Out against Bullying campaign and appeal against bullying TODAY!

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Breaking gender stereotypes in the classroom!

Shine Foundation School, Lakkarpur recently conducted a Gender Analysis activity that helped students understand gender equality and question gender stereotypes that exist around them. The activity was inspired by a recent Gender Equality workshop that the teachers of the school were part of. The workshop was conducted by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme.

The students were asked to segregate occupations and everyday roles that men and women perform according to what they felt ‘fit’ a particular gender best. It was soon realised that men were associated with job profiles like that of a police officer, while women were put into conventional roles like that of a teacher, nurse and other care giving roles. This interactive and fun-learning activity opened the discussion on gender and the stereotypes that often come to define men’s and women’s capabilities. Students through discussion and understanding recognised the limitations that prejudice and stereotypes put on all of us. The activity ended with a discussion on gender equality and the students concluding that men and women are equal.

The simple activity touched the surface of many difficult questions with regard to the relationships between men and women, their access to resources, the division of labour, and the constraints they face relative to each other. The dialogue further provided perspective into how different identities interact and impact the identity of gender further. Gender, and its relationship with race, ethnicity, culture, class, age, disability, and/or other status, further affects and defines the roles that women and men are assigned in the society’s economic, social and legal structures.

Shine Foundation was initiated in June 2006, with the commitment and passion to contribute towards the development of marginalised urban slum communities of Delhi and NCR.

You can learn more about the difference HRE programme is making at http://www.amnesty4education.org/hre/homesee?section=see#tab1.

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Bal Mela – Inter-school Bal Cabinet Meet 2016

9th November 2016 was a special day in Ichhavar, Madya Pradesh. As part of the 'Bal Mela' or Children's fair organised by Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS), 150 students members of Bal Cabinets or Children’s Parliament and 38 teachers from 60 schools in the region came together to discuss Children’s’ rights in educational institutes.

The event started off with an address note from Asha Mishra, Vice President, BGVS, who spoke about the importance of child rights, and the work BGVS is doing in the community to ensure them. The Chief Guest for the event was the District Magistrate, who lauded BGVS for their work.

The event then proceeded with group discussions about Bal cabinets and child rights in schools. Students were divided into groups and given activities around the themes of 'My Ideal School' and 'Role of a Bal Cabinet'. They were also given related reading materials which included a Bal Cabinet booklet and a pamphlet.

There was a separate discussion with teachers and community members to discuss and resolve the issues of rising drop-out rates in schools and the lack of infrastructure, which are the most pressing concerns they face.

Towards the end of the day’s activities, students were invited to participate in Amnesty International’s global Write for Rights campaign. The event concluded with students presenting their plans from the group discussion sessions, and raising issues of concern that were pertinent to them.

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme is collaborating with BGVS to bring the values and principles of human rights – dignity, respect, inclusion and participation – into daily school life through the institution of robust bal cabinets or children’s parliaments. The ‘Bal Mela’, organised by BGVS is a vibrant example of a whole-school approach to human rights education, where all members of the school community – students, teachers and the community – come together to ensure a rights-respecting environment for all.

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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.

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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.” 

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A Human Rights Friendly School is rooted in 10 principles which are derived from international human rights standards, norms & instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). These principle strengthen the thoughts and actions of every member of the school community. They are the foundation for the four key areas of school life: Curriculum, Relationships, Environment and Governance.

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We are passionate about human rights education and believe that a human rights approach to education can bring about meaningful change. That's why we're so excited to be part of the Amnesty International Human Rights for Education Programme.

But to call this initiative a programme is in many ways diminishing its scope and impact. We truly believe that we are together seeding a global movement. One that will start with schools and work it's way outward to change communities and in good time, create a rights respecting world.

We are delighted to be facilitators for such amazing possibilities.

Tara Rao

Tara RaoLeads the Human Rights for Education team in developing the Human Rights Education Programme with schools communities, resource networks and the wider public | BA in Architecture before joining the development sector | MA in Gender and a management degree | Previously worked as Senior Policy Advisor Global Climate and Energy Team for WWF | Lead author of Building an Equitable Green Economy, commissioned as a contribution to the Rio+20 Environment and Development Conference | Previously worked for various development bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations - researching, assessing, evaluating and training | Enjoys playing tennis, singing/music and doing intricate jigsaw puzzles

Krittika Vishwanath

Krittika VishwanathSupports schools to integrate human rights education into school life | MA Sociology, MA Elementary Education (currently pursuing) | Previously a teacher-educator for government school teachers across Karnataka covering areas of social studies, teacher professional development and integrating technology into education | Also worked with youth groups on urban governance, youth participation and climate change | Passionate about travel and food

Inka Dama

Inka DamaWorks on all communication and media-related aspects of the Human Rights for Education programme | BA in Economics and Commerce & PG Diploma in Social Communications Media| Previously worked in advertising and communications, and as a copywriter with Ambience Publicis Advertising | Volunteered as junior communications officer with Pax Christi International in Brussels & worked with CRY - Child Rights and You | Loves music and food (in no particular order)

Somya

Archana Ganesh RajSomya is programme officer with Amnesty International India. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Delhi. Her previous work experience with several National and International organizations has strengthened her belief that children can be change makers if they are empowered. She directly works with students, teachers, schools and NGO partners across the country as part of the HRE programme. She comes to work so that she can go back to school and watch children become change makers.

Ankita

Archana Ganesh RajCoordinates internal communication, documentation, and monitoring and evaluation of HRE’s work in schools | Also conducts training for Telecalling and Face to face teams in Bangalore and Chennai | BA in Journalism from Delhi University | MA in Social Work | Previously worked for a skill development organization | Experience in working with children in juvenile homes/ youth in observation homes | Theatre enthusiast, trekker and music lover.

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Amnesty International India focuses on creating a rights respecting society in India. Drawing on Amnesty International's 50+ years of experience as a global campaigning movement, Amnesty International India is led and funded by people in India, directed by their dreams and aspirations.

We work in two broad areas within the human rights spectrum - building awareness and catalysing action on key human rights issues and violations, and providing much-needed commitment to human rights education and awareness.

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