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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. 

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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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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