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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. 

Voices from the ground

Human Rights Education in action.

Human Rights Education in action.

 

Amnesty International India's Human Rights Education Program showcases how a 'Whole School Approach' in schools can help bring human rights education into daily school lives.

 

 

 

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Programme Updates

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.

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Our Reach

Success Stories

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

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Articles

Bangalore

Wonderful Step By A School In Bangalore Can Be The Stepping Stone Towards Human Rights For All

“I will try to solve problems of my friends and ensure that everyone gets equal opportunity to participate in school events”, said Kushnaaz Begum (13) of 8th standard in Al- Azhar foundation school, as soon she was elected the new head girl of her school. This student council election was by far one of the most exciting moments of my life, no less than the 2014 general elections.

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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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