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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 : Success Stories

kontiki skolen, denmark
rights & resposibilities

Sharing Rights and Responsibilities in School

At this progressive school, the journey to becoming human rights friendly begins every day with a morning school assembly which includes students, teachers and parents. These whole-school community meetings provide a forum for updates and announcements, also serving as a venue to strengthen a human rights framework that meets the entire community,s specific needs. Meetings are chaired by students on a rotating basis.

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accra high school, ghana
human rights education

Making Human Rights Fun

At this school, students and teachers worked together to make the school environment more human rights friendly by building a Human Rights Garden on the school grounds. The garden acts as a peaceful and positive meeting place for members of the school community to gather and relax, and includes a community board where ideas for promoting human rights and active participation can be posted. The garden contributes to improving the physical school environment while also creating a space where human rights and other issues can be discussed and debated.

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Human Rights flow From Schools into Communities: Legacy School Bangalore’s Amnesty Club leads the way!

The Amnesty Club of Legacy School takes human rights out of the classroom and into the community!
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Al azhar foundation
Student council

First Student Council of the Human Rights Education programme in India

The student council module was introduced at the Al – Azhar Foundation School.

The Head Mistress and the teachers decided on the structure and form of the proposed student council. The roles and responsibilities of the council were also outlined by them. As this was the first student council in the school, the students were nominated by the faculty of the school. (more…)

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PRESENTATION secondary school, ireland
human rights education

Empowering Schools to Resolve Conflicts Amicably

The staff of this school was given a full-day training on restorative justice - a method of conflict resolution where disputing parties are invited to the table and become part of the solution. Participants were challenged to recognise alternative ways of dealing with conflict and to encourage more positive forms of discipline, in line with the principles of human rights and restorative justice. The outcome of this day was very positive. It created a shared language of justice for teachers to use in their daily teaching practice.

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Amnesty Clubs, DPS Patna, Hub Schools

Delhi Public School Patna Kick-starts First Amnesty Student Club in India!

Delhi Public School, Patna launched India’s first student-led Amnesty Club, where students can learn about human rights and take action on human rights issues in their world. 

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india joint secondary school, mongolia
human rights education

Bringing Human Rights into Content and Methodology

With the help of special training, teachers of this school worked within their academic departments to revise their lesson plans. As a result, 46 new and exciting lesson plans were created which integrated human rights into subjects like Math, Chemistry, History, Mongolian Literature and English.

Impressed with the success of this initiative, The Government of Mongolia has expressed interest in working with Amnesty International and other education NGOs to review the national secondary education curriculum.

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government higher primary school
human rights education

A school’s journey to become Human Rights Friendly in India

The Government Higher Primary School in Yediyur situated in one of Bangalore's city centres, Jayanagar, is one of the 29 Human Rights Friendly Schools in India.  (more…)

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10 global human rights principles

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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4 areas of school life: the domains
of change

For a school to become
human rights friendly, the 10 Global Human Rights Principles need to be wholly integrated into every aspect of school life: Curriculum, Relationships, Environment and Governance. These areas are not separate, rather they are continuously overlapping
and co-dependent. The team at
Amnesty International is excited about helping every school to create domains of change within these four areas of school life.

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who we are

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the team

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.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement with three million members that has campaigned for justice, freedom, truth and dignity for the past five decades. In recognition of its work and accomplishments, Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.

Amnesty International India

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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Amnesty International in India
1074/B-1, First Floor, 11th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, India - 560 008
Phone : +91 (080) 49388000 Email: [email protected]