NHRC sen­si­tizes FCT schools on hu­man rights

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) has com­menced a sen­si­ti­za­tion pro­gramme on the in­tro­duc­tion of hu­man rights stud­ies start­ing with sec­ondary schools in the Fed­er­alCap­i­talTer­ri­tory(FCT).

Speak­ing dur­ing the flag-off cer­e­mony yesterday at Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School, Garki Area 10, Abuja, Di­rec­tor, Hu­man Rights Ed­u­ca­tion and Pro­mo­tion, Muham­mad Nasir Ladan said the school sys­tem should pro­vide a plat­form where the dig­nity of ev­ery child is up­held, and also where knowl­edge about hu­man rights is con­nected to the ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence of hu­man rights in school life.

He said the pro­gramme is part of ef­forts to in­cul­cate in the younger gen­er­a­tion the need to re­spect hu­man rights, adding that the school sys­tem plays a cen­tral role in pre­par­ing young peo­ple to un­der­stand, cher­ish and claim hu­man rights.

Ladan hoped that the aware­ness rais­ing ac­tiv­ity will not only strengthen re­spect for hu­man rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms, but will stim­u­late in the minds of stu­dents the urge to learn more about their civic rights and du­ties, which would en­gen­der a cul­ture of re­spect for hu­man rights in the coun­try.

On his part, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Com­mis­sion, Prof. Ben Angwe, said the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the hu­man rights ed­u­ca­tion was to pro­mote learn­ing, train­ing and in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion aimed at build­ing a uni­ver­sal cul­ture of hu­man rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms.

He ad­vised stu­dents in sec­ondary schools to im­bibe civic ed­u­ca­tion to be bet­ter cit­i­zens.

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