NCHRO educates youngsters on nuances of Human Rights
10 December 2019
In commemoration of the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) Goa Chapter had conducted a special outreach to the youth of Goa. A special team of NCHRO members had visited various colleges and other educational institutions on the nuances of human rights and their relevance in the modern world.
As a culmination of these awareness programmes, a day-long state level seminar on “Advancing Democracy and Human Rights in India – The Role of Youth,” was conceived and organised by NCHRO Goa Chapter, in collaboration with Council for Social Justice, on December 10, all aimed to promote awareness about the rights accorded by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the procedures that exist for the redress of violations of these rights.
Nineteen colleges from across the state with around 100 students had participated in the event. This core mission of human rights education-concerning awareness is supplemented by Street skits, short videos and different human rights topics such as ‘Social Change and the Youth’, ‘Child Rights’, ‘Trafficking and Migration’ and ‘Gender Justice’ were conducted for the students.
Addressing students at the seminar Rohit Prajapati, an activist, researcher and writer, helped them understand issues and concerns related to environment and their connections to and impacts and implications on man society and human well-being. Adv Albertina Almeida, Arun Pandey of ARZ and Roselle Solomon, not unfamiliar names crusading for upholding human rights in the state, as the other key resource persons did a wonderful job.
The NCHRO-Goa Chapter through this seminar envisaged that with human rights as an instinctive frame of reference, inclusion, tolerance, and respect for diversity, the creation of a new generation of human rights defenders and an effort to promote attitudes and skills of an even greater breadth.
NCHRO believes Human rights education engages young people in key ethical and social issues in a way that is exciting and relevant.
Our Constitution’s Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties, and Directive Principles of the State policy are concrete steps toward the realization of human rights. Whereas basic objectives have been defined in the Preamble, the protection of human freedom and liberties are emphasized in Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy. The rights of the child have been given the greatest priority. Since rights and duties are inseparable, Fundamental Duties (Article 51) are also imperative. These provisions epitomize the collective will and aspiration of all Indians. Hence human rights education should be defined as a training, dissemination and information effort aimed at building a universal culture of human rights.