NCHRO- Goa Chapter – Exploring Human Rights with Students
GCCBM, Borda, Goa.
The NCHRO Goa Chapter hosted the Human Rights training workshop, held in GCCBM, Borda, Goa.
The training workshop gathered 56 students. The programme was conducted and delivered by Lydia Menon, Ifthiyaz Saeed and Deepika D’Souza. Special thanks to Vineeta who makes the program possible.
The aim of the workshops is to provide a stimulating and practical learning environment for all those wishing to improve their understanding of, and gain practice in, Human Rights. Human rights education has the power to promote dignity, equality and peace and prevent human rights violations and abuses. The workshop structured:-
- To introduce the concept of Human Rights, give a brief overview and contextualisation of the history of Human Rights up until present including the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
- Strengthen the Students’ knowledge of national, regional, or international instruments and instances of protection in Human Rights.
- Increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of Human rights Issues.
- To motivate participants to advocate for Human Rights Education within their local communities.
The workshop commenced with the introductory remarks by Lydia Menon who briefed the aim of the workshop.
Deepika D’Souza started the session with a 10-minute video that gave an overview of Human Rights, its origins, its implications and about the Universal Declaration of Rights. Deepika covered our Constitution which guarantees various human rights and related rights. The rights guaranteed in our Constitution take precedence over any other law. Her session covered:-
1) Civil and Political Rights
2) Economic, Cultural and Social Rights
3) Right to self-determination, good environment, cultural rights etc.
The participants were divided into small groups and each group was given a newspaper. Group-wise they had to go through the paper and decide on one human rights topic and discuss in the group, why it concerns them, what right is being trampled upon and what could be done. They were given half an hour for discussion which was very animated and participatory. Post discussion two students from each group were called up to present. Two groups chose ‘Right to Education’, one spoke on ‘Equality and Reservation’ and the last on ‘Female Feticide’.
In anticipation of the International Human Rights Day on December 10 and the annual intra-college seminar on Human Rights, students considering volunteering their time are welcomed to register.
The feedback of the participants generally conveyed that the training provided them was effective with a lot of information on human rights and justice mechanisms. Education is the foundation and catalyst for changing the state of human rights in our country. Understand and respect human rights can shape the world a better place now and in the future, NCHRO tries to help students to develop the skills and attitudes that promote and protect Human Rights. We concentrate on providing opportunities for students who may not otherwise have these resources available.