Education and human Rights

Defend children’s rights in the Gaza Strip

Tuesday 27 January 2004, by Alternatives

Background

The inhabitants of the occupied Palestinian territories live since 1947 in bad economic and social conditions. It is also added a permanent climate of insecurity and violence. To the militarized conflict between Israel and the territories, which often lead to the repression and the violation of human rights from the state of Israel, it must be added a repression and a violation of human rights of Palestinians, committed by the Palestinian authorities.

This climate of tension also results in provoking tense and violent social behaviours between members of the community. Children brought up in a world, where weapons and mortal and tragic confrontations are common, tend to imitate those same gestures and way of doing to settle their conflicts and resolve their problems and frustrations.

Project

Thus, the introduction of human rights, children’s rights, questions of the kind and democratic values in the school program and in all the educational system is not considered by the Palestinian partner of Alternatives, the teacher Creativity Center (TCC), as a simple project to realize, but more as a challenge that must be taken up by the whole Palestinian society.

This is also a responsibility and a duty to protect the dignity and the personal esteem of each Palestinian, and to build a much healthier and non-violent school environment, in the specific context of occupied Palestinian territories.

Moreover, the aim of this project is to make teachers and students as well aware of the fact that children’s rights are an integral part of human rights, for them to be in a position to promote and to protect them.

This project of Alternatives was setting up in collaboration with the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Ministry of Education of the Palestinian Authority and the Junior Scientist Club.

It is composed of 3 stages:

First, it’s about training teachers of the six public and private schools and the United Nations, in Ramallah and in Rafah, on:
1) The parliamentary system and its running;
2) Law, concepts of citizenship:
3) Human rights, particularly those of the children.

Then, there is a summer camp for pupils of schools participating to the program. These summer camps include training session, entertainment activities, workshop and organization of student Parliament at the end of the camp. It is for giving to these young people an idea of their rights and also of people and organization, which are in a position to protect them.

Finally, trades between members of the Legislative Council and pupils are also forecast in order to encourage communication and relations between those two groups.

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