July 25, Three
days residential Orientation and Training Programme for head masters and
teachers of 60 govt. middle school of Dhanarua, Koilwar and Jehanabad
blocks of Patna, Bhojpur and Jehanabad districts on Human Rights Education
organized by in joint collaboration with ADRI, Patna and IHRE, Madurai.
training programme was inaugurated by former member of State Human Rights
Commission, Bihar Justice Rajendra Prasad by lightening the candle. In his
inaugural address he said that a teachers always correct the courses of pupil
and guides him to go on correct path. He also told that our country delayed in
constituting the Human Rights Commission and ultimately and it was formed
in 2008. Due to delay in constitution of Human Rights Institutions different
type of Human Rights violations increased in the society and the people had no
mechanism to get protection of these. He also elaborated about the social
justice and told that some positive discrimination have been made in the
constitution to provide some special privileged of the marginalized community
like sc/st, but now the days it became a cause of conflict in the society. He
also told that there is no need to define the Human Rights separately because
it is already culprit in our culture and human being. He stressed that a
children should must know the human rights so that they could protect the Human
Rights their self and others.
Secretary of ADRI Dr. Shaibal Gupta on this occasion said that in the present
context knowledge is the capital and most important assets of country, for
example UN economy is completely based on knowledge capital other than
agriculture and others. Status of health and education indicates the
development scenario of a country and in totality situation of human rights in
a society or country tells the status of knowledge capital.
the technical session advocate Uday Kumar from DASHRA , Ms. Rashmi Jha, guest
faculty, Patna University , Shri SK Jha,and Shri Akhilesh Kumar, Shri Indrajit
Goswami facilitated the trainees on Universal Declaration on Human Rights,
sectoral rights, child rights and need to develop Human Rights Culture in
Patna July 26, The
highlight of the second day of the orientation program for headmasters and
teachers, organized by ADRI and IHRE, was an address by Shri Gyandeo Mani
Tripathi, Headmaster at MCEM School, Hajipur about the Right to Education. He outlined the history of modern education
in Bihar. He said that an atmosphere of
dialogue had always pervaded our educational system but after the establishment
of British-sponsored educational institutions, this dialogue was stifled. He said we will have to change our strategy
for education. RTE compelled us to think
of our children as the present of our nation.
Sukumar Jha, retired Principal, spoke about the need for an atmosphere for
moulding our children. Schools still
follow the traditional method of the teacher-centric approach. He said it is the bearer of the policy which
creates the failures and not the policy itself.
He talked about his experiences with a World Bank team that had come to
inspect schools in undivided Bihar when he had opined that the students were
terrified of their teachers.
Akhilesh Kumar, BPM, Jeevika, elaborated on the rights of children that have
been enshrined at the UN Convention for Child Rights in 1989. He listed the right to survival, protection,
participation and development as the four major rights that children had been
ensured. He requested the teachers to
put a check on any such violation of these rights.
Jha, guest faculty at Patna University, spoke on the need for education about
human rights and on UN World Program on Human Rights and context of gender
Uday Kumar of DASHRA, Patna spoke on sectoral rights of Dalits, tribals, women,
and the disabled.
July 27. The
concluding day of the Orientation and Training Program for Headmasters and
Teachers was addressed by Rajesh Kumar Singh, State Coordinator, IHRE, Bihar. This program was organized by Asian
Development Research Institute, Patna and Institute of Human Rights Education,
Madurai. He confirmed that the
participants were now HRE (Human Rights Educators) teachers. They were protectors of human rights now. The whole talk was about the protection and
promotion of human rights.
Kumar, BPM, Jeevika said that Human rights were violated by the state. He asked them to inculcate values in their
pupils so that they would defend human rights in the future. He suggested that
they form Human Rights Clubs in their respective schools. He reminisced of his school days when
there were no opportunities for speaking on a platform. He could not gain that experience and so,
felt hesitant when called upon to speak in public later on in life. This lack of opportunity was a human rights
violation. Therefore, he entreated the
participants to make such a speaking platform active in their schools. A booklet on human rights was distributed
among the participants. It was suggested
that this book be used by the students.
The lessons should be planned by the teachers. They should also have control over themselves
so that the children could also learn to control themselves. Shri Kumar asked the teachers to encourage
the students to participate in activities like painting, music, drama, etc. The concluding remarks of the Program were
made by the Director of ADRI, Dr. Prabhat P. Ghosh. During valedictory session
he said that Human Rights Education should be teach in the school so we find
out appropriate mechanisms for advocacy to include Human Rights as a subject in
school curriculum as also beyond the school with a view to reach the masses.