Human Rights Education in North East India
Human Rights Education has been accepted as a part of the regular school curriculum in many parts of North East India as a result of the initiatives taken by NEDSSS. The project has directly reached out to more than 54718 children of 225 schools that incorporated the Human Rights Education in their curriculum. 353 teachers have been trained to impart the Education in an effective and creative manner. After attending the training organised for teachers, they expressed that they are empowered with the knowledge of human rights as well as the skills to teach the concept of human rights effectively.The project has indirectly educated the families of the students too as they learn about the rights through the children.
Sensitizing Children on Human Rights
A sensitizing programme on Human Rights was organized by NEDSSS on 14th of August 2015 for students of YWCA School, Satribari Guwahati, Assam. Over 200 students and teachers participated in it. The objective of the training was to create awareness and understanding about the human rights among students and parents. Mr. Barnett LThianglai, HRE Coordinator of NEDSSS spoke on“Importance of Human Rights Education in School Curriculum” and Ms. Emily Dey, the State Coordinator of NEDSSS for UNICEF Project, talked about “Basic Rights of Children” and how to implement them in daily life.
Regional Consultation on New Education Policy and Human Rights Education
North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS)
organised Regional Consultation Workshop for the
Educators on New Education Policy and Human Rights Education from 28th to 30th of October 2015.
Most Rev. Thomas Pullopillil, the Chairman of North
East Education Commission, inaugurated the session. Rev. Fr. Amalraj, Deputy Secretary of NEIRBC,
welcomed and delivered the Key note address on the occasion. Fr. Sunny Jacob SJ spoke on the ‘Background of New Education Policy and Undermining Secular Ideals and Bringing Convergent Thinking’. On the following days Fr. Walter Fernandez SJ spoke on 'Relevance of Human Rights Education in North East India', Bro. Soosai, Principal of Montfort School
enlightened the group on 'Inclusive Education and Rights of Children with Disability’, Fr. Ravi Sagar, Director, LCHR, spoke on “Understanding Human Rights. Why Human Rights in Schools? Its Importance and Relevance” and Fr. Paul Pudusserry gave a lecture on “The Pedagogy of Human Rights Education, Human Rights; a trail to justice and peace”.
Workshop on Human Rights Education in Schools to Principals, Teachers and Education Commission
Sensitization Workshop on Human Rights Education was conducted on 13th February 2016 at DSSS Imphal. 13 participants from 6 schools of the region attended the programme. The main objective was to help participants comprehend the importance of Human Rights Education for Children, inclusion of Human Rights Education in schools in North East India and to adopt effective
teaching methodologies for Human Rights Education.
Fr. Dominic Kanmi, Director, DSSS Imphal, delivered the Key note address on the occasion. The other speaker of the day was Ms.Emilly Dey, the State Coordinator of NEDSSS. She spoke on Why Human Rights Education should be implemented in schools with special reference to North East and Manipur and on the importance of Human Rights for peace and prosperity in Manipur. Thereafter, Mr. Barnett L Thianglai, the regional HRE Coordinator of NEDSSS led an open discussion on ways and means of including Human Rights Education in school curriculum.
Seminar on Rights to Education for Children
Seminar on Right to Education forChildren was organized by NEDSSS on 21st February 2016 at Amsing Jorabat School,Guwahati. 43 Persons attended the seminar. The objectives of the seminar was to sensitize children and Parents on Right to Education Act, and
to explore the ways and means to access compulsory education for children under 14 years of age, if there are children who are still deprived of this right. Mr. Barnett Thianglai, spoke on their mportance of Right to Education Act. He also made them aware of the situations that affect and corrupt the young minds. Subsequently, he highlighted on what a child could contribute towards creating healthy environment in the community.