Donor representatives join local community to celebrate Human Rights Day

06 January 2016
© 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Haweleh Mohammad Barakat (far left), Programme Officer, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC): “I was impressed by the level of understanding and the quality of the UNRWA students on the conflict resolution and tolerance issue.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini

The UNRWA Nuzha Preparatory Girls School in Jordan celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December with several fun activities to highlight this year’s theme of diversity. Teachers and students  organized a dynamic programme to demonstrate how important it is to accept others and appreciate their contributions to communities. Donor representatives and local community members participated in various activities such as human rights bingo, raise your hand for diversity and others.

The school parliament gave a presentation on human rights and talked about their experience in becoming young parliamentarians which enables them to can speak up, think for themselves, and  support their schools and communities as active citizens.

HRCRT animated videos were also screened throughout the day. The videos target the local community and are broadcast on UNRWA satellite TV. They tackle issues such as gender inequality, bullying and the environment while demonstrating the educational approach of the human rights education programme.

All activities are based on the US-funded Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (HRCRT) Toolkit which acts as a practical guide for teachers to promote diversity, tolerance and respect for human rights while integrating these concepts into all subjects taught.


H.E. Mr. Shuichi Sakurai , Ambassador of Japan: “My participation in the Human Rights event at UNRWA’s school in Amman New camp was very informative and fruitful. At the same time, I enjoyed the lessons by the students and their teachers very much.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


H.E. Mr. Francisco C. S. Luz, Ambassador of Brazil, with his wife Ivana Luz: "We were very inspired by the amazing work UNRWA is doing in the schools in Jordan. A work that deserves everybody's support."© 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Ambassador of Brazil H.E. Mr. Francisco C. S. Luz and his wife Ivana Luz participating in the “Write it up” activity based on the HRCRT Toolkit. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Abu Haweleh


Mrs. Ivana Luz, wife of the Brazilian Ambassador, plants a word of love in the “Garden of Diversity.”© 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Timothy W. Swett (first from left) Regional Refugee Coordinator, U.S. Embassy in Amman: “The United States is extremely proud of our work with UNRWA to support its program on human rights, conflict resolution, and tolerance education.  The education these students receive in UNRWA schools will provide them the opportunity to learn and grow in safety and security.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Guillaume Henry, Second Counsellor, French Embassy in Jordan, participating in the human rights activities held at UNRWA’s school in Nuzha on 10 December 2015. Mr. Henry plants a flower in the “Garden of Diversity.” © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Haweleh


Simon Mustard (second from left), Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy in Amman: “Supporting students establish their own school parliaments is one way for raising awareness on Human Rights.  It was very inspiring to see many women and girls involved. I wish them all the very best! © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Josefine Hellgren (third from left), Deputy Head of Mission, Swedish Embassy, participating in the human rights activities held at UNRWA’s school in Nuzha on 10 December 2015. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Haweleh


Students and their parents work together to showcase human rights as part of the “Raise your Hand for Diversity” activity from the HRCRT Toolkit. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Parents share with their children what they learned from the human rights education programme.© 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Donor representatives, local community members, students and UNRWA staff celebrating Human Rights. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini


Student taking a selfie with UNRWA Director of Operations in Jordan Roger Davies. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Jacopo Intini

“Human rights and conflict resolution education goes beyond school walls. It is a culture for peace  and prosperity. Today, donors’ representatives, students and their parents, local community members, UNRWA staff gathered to say the world is rich because it is diverse. Thanks for the US government for funding the HRCR education at UNRWA, which vision is to provide human rights education that empowers Palestine refugee students to enjoy and exercise their rights, uphold human rights values, be proud of their Palestinian identity and contribute positively to their community"

“We are building a new city” activity from the HRCRT Toolkit. Students and their teacher agreed that a city of one profession is not going to work out. They built a new city where every one and every profession has a place. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Haweleh


“The Garden of Diversity” activity from the HRCRT toolkit. Donor representatives,  parents, students, local community and UNRWA staff planted words of love and peace in the garden of diversity. Everybody has a place. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Ahmad Abu Haweleh

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