Human Rights EducationNeed of the hour

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Aug 2018 12:23:03



By dr asha dave

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the data of 2013 shows that of the 43,506 crimes registered against minors under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Special Local Law (SLL) by juveniles, 28,830 had been committed by those between the ages of 16 to 18. The statistics also show the number of juveniles found to be in conflict with law under the IPC and the SLL has risen 13.6% and 2.5% respectively in 2013, as compared with 2012.

After reading these statistics a burning question arises in our minds, to what do we owe these disappointing figures? is there any way we all can do something to correct the situation?Yes definitely, we can use the tool of education to bring about a change in values and beliefs of young minds as we all are aware that that education is a very important instrument of bringing about social mobility and empowerment of the generation,but before we include this as a part of our life and teachings, it is important that we understand the basic philosophy behind the idea of Human rights and also to know the element of what, why and when.

Now what is human rights education?

Human Rights Education
The Advocates for Human Rights Organization defined human rights education as the learning process that builds up the required knowledge, values, and proficiency of human rights. The broad objective is to develop an acceptable human rights culture. Students need complete awareness of issues and concern for these problems together with the capability of advocating human rights. Human Rights education will teach students to examine their experiences from the human rights point of view. They must integrate these concepts into their values and decision-making.

Why include it as an ess

ential part of our curriculum,
Prevention is always better than cure so not why not teach these values along with other subjects so that our children at least constantly hear these words and show some familiarity we all know that punishment does not have the desired effect, it is necessary that we bring about change in the mindset of the students at least think twice before committing a crime.

Before we decide to impart Human rights education it is important as to set the objectives as to what we want to achieve the main purpose of Human rights education should be to develop the following attributes and values to our young generation, some of them are mentioned below.
l To develop empathy.
l Ability to accept differences,
l Tolerance
l Create awareness.
l Foster attitude of tolerance and brotherhood
l Know what are human rights understand them and develop skills to apply them
There are some suggestions as to how we can impart this education in our classroom, Human rights education can be incorporated into the classroom in several ways:
l We all know that students learn very easily what they do ask them to go through the newspapers everyday and find out the news related to human rights whether it is positive or negative.

l Teach them through role plays.
l Once in a while arrange a small drama or a skit for them
l Have an open discussion with the students give them some case studies and ask for their reaction.
l Ask them to prepare a collage or a scrap book.
l Ask them to share their own experiences.
l Set your examples in the classroom behavior so that you can tell them what is equality.
l Impartial treatment in the classroom will increase the students’ confidence in justice.
l Have a quiz competition on the topic related to human rights.
l Arrange a poster making competition or PPT presentation on the topics
l Last but not the least show them ‘’you tube’’ videos related to human rights.
Even while teaching try to relate the content with the day to incidents that occur near you or give them live examples.

I hope there now be no questions on why to use our lectures and precious time in teaching these values and to some extent I think I was able to solve the issue of how to include it along with our regular teaching time a minute now may save a generation then, it is my earnest request to all the parents and the teachers worldwide that please discuss the issues of Human rights with the students it will definitely make a difference remember the story of ‘The Star Wish’.

Yes we can make the difference.
(The author is Asso Prof, J D College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur)