School is where Human Wrongs can be changed into Human Rights.
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There's a lot right with this world, which gives us more reason to address the 'wrongs' and try to set them right. At Amnesty International, we believe there's no better place than School to begin that process of thinking, learning and doing. Find here, resources to help you - a student, teacher, parent or school management –identify the rights in your school and make them better. We also have resources to help fix the wrongs, concerns, gaps that could be present in school life. Our tools, training modules and activity packs are designed to make a whole school difference ie. positively impact all areas of school life - relationships, environment, curriculum and governance.
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Governance

Governance plays an important role in how members of the school community participate in and contribute to school life. A Human Rights Friendly School involves the school community in school governance and management in order to make informed decisions for the running of the school. Sharing responsibility for governance can often provide opportunities to cultivate relationships built on trust and respect, and of course more effective and responsible governance!

Teacher Involvement 3

Teacher Involvement 3

This module highlights the many benefits a Human Rights Friendly School can offer to individuals and society. Use the story of “The Boy with Two Eyes” and our interactive Camping-Out situation cards to discuss diversity and difference in the classroom.

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Teacher Involvement 2

Teacher Involvement 2

Through this module’s fun activities, students get an opportunity to voice their opinions, listen to and respect others’ views and work together as equals – all tasks that instil the spirit of Human Rights Education!

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Teacher Involvement 1

Teacher Involvement 1

This introductory module explores the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its importance in daily school life. Discover the rights and responsibilities of each stakeholder(especially teachers!) in an inclusive learning environment.

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Parent Forums

Parent Forums

How can you bring your child up to be a rights respecting individual? This module on human rights parenting helps parents understand their rights and responsibilities as members of the school community. And to find the resources to do the same at home!

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Student Council - Setting Up

Student Council - Setting Up

Student Councils strengthen how schools are run. They are channels of communication between the students and the school management, to contribute towards informed decision making. As a group of elected student representatives, the student council supports the running of the schools by suggesting new ideas that are close to students’ hearts while also voicing concerns of the student body. Click here to find ways to make the student council effective, truly representative and proactive.

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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]