Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

Human Rights Clubs in the Schools


Introduction

Human Rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever the nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. They are the fundamental things that human beings need in order to flourish and participate fully in the society. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge on human rights as an individual and as part of the globalized community. As its heart, educating students on the rights and responsibilities is a vital part of building a peaceful community. Giving students the chance to learn about human rights in an early stage and teaching the importance of respecting other's rights would help in ensuring that they take responsibilities as national and global citizens. Making students exposed to practical experience in promoting human rights would help in creating a wider culture that respects human rights.

In order and to educate students on human rights and to inculcate respect for human rights, it is planned by Human Rights Commission of the Maldives to establish Human Rights Clubs in schools. The clubs will be implemented with the supported of UNICEF and Ministry of Education.



Objectives of the Human Rights Club

Through the club activities students will be able to

  • Understand what human rights are

  • Understand the responsibilities that goes along with rights

  • Recognize how human rights have been originated

  • Create a culture among the students that respects human rights

  • Know and create the spirit to respect other’s rights

  • Gain knowledge and understand the importance of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other treaties

  • Recognize how human rights are entitled by law and ethics

  • Recognize how human rights are entitled by constitution

  • Know the rights and responsibilities of students and use them in their daily life

  • Recognize and understand the work of Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and how complaints are lodge.

  • Inculcate ethical considerations and values. It is underpinned by common values such as, tolerance, effective communication when making decisions, respect for self and others, importance of obeying laws and regulations, accepting and respecting differences, establishing relationships and working towards peace, working towards for fairness and social justice, accepting and respecting different ideas and showing empathy.


Activities planned by Human Rights Commission to establish Human Rights Clubs

  • Workshop on human rights for school teacher's in-charge of clubs

  • Training of trainers workshop for TRC coordinators

  • Preparation of a teacher's manual that includes activities for students

  • Establishment of a blog for human rights club

  • Monitoring club activities for selected school

  • Conducting orientation session for teachers and parents


Human Rights Club Manual



Young Human Rights Defender's HandBook