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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. 

Success Stories

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. 

Over a two-day introductory programme on 12th and 13th August 2014, DPS Patna hosted neighbouring schools DAV Khagaul, May Flower School and St. Michael School as they prepared to set-up Amnesty Clubs in their schools. Other supportive attendees included representatives from UNICEF and CRY partner Balasakha.

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Designed as a platform for school children to become familiar with their own Rights and Responsibilities, and also understand concepts of Human Rights abuses and violations in the world outside school, The Amnesty Club model is the latest addition to Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme.  The idea is for students to form their own understanding on Human Rights through an interactive and participatory approach. 

 

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The event began by setting the context of Human Rights in a student’s life. Humanities students studying in Classes XI and XII in DPS Patna conducted and facilitated discussions on a whole range of relevant topics – including an understanding of human rights conceptually, a presentation on POCSO ACT (Prevention of Child from Sexual Offences Act) that was appreciated as an effort in familiarising the audience from a legal and policy stand point, and finally in terms of recognising the burning human rights issues in the Gaza-Israel humanitarian crisis. A mix of advocates, teachers and students contributed to these discussions making them that much more effective and inclusive.

Day two consisted of a workshop to discuss the structure and setting-up of an Amnesty Club within schools with the help of the Amnesty Clubs Module. 

 

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The workshop activities included fun and collaborative activities like artistic representations of the way human rights violations affect the student community and individual personalities. Enthusiastic students from the four participating schools brain-stormed on ways to implement Amnesty Clubs in their own schools.

DPS Patna will act as a mentor and coordinate the implementation of new Amnesty Clubs in collaborating schools in Patna. It will also function as a hub for Human Rights learning in schools in Bihar with Amnesty International India’s support.

To get a copy of the Amnesty Clubs module for your own school, please email [email protected]

 
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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
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Phone : +91 (080) 49388000 Email: [email protected]