5 June 2013
Instead of visiting classrooms and listening to lectures, parents and students were treated to music, dance and other forms of creative expression that conveyed stories of injustice and trauma.
This was the scene at Jofeh Elementary Girls’ School in South Amman last week, where parents were invited to watch their children perform different activities with a message in support of human rights.
“The foundation of any free society is anchored on there being certain rights that every human being shares,” said Principal Suhad Asfoun, who shared her passion for the human rights field. “Human rights awareness should be inherent and something they live with as one of the basic values”
The school has lined up a series of five public lectures each semester as part of the human rights programme for the year.
Ms. Asfoun explained that the goal is “to teach children about their human rights and responsibilities. They do not need to be earned and they are not privileges – they apply to everyone and cannot be taken away from them.”
For entertainment, young students performed various dances, and school parliamentarians performed a musical play and touted banners with various human rights messages, including: “the right to education” and “the right to play.”
UNRWA‘s Education Development Centre School Supervisor Hanan Habash said she was pleased with the way the school’s plan to promote the importance of tolerance and appreciation of human rights among students and the local community.
UNRWA began a project to promote basic human rights in 2000. The programme promotes non-violence, healthy communication skills, conflict resolution and human rights. It also emphasises the importance of tolerance and good citizenship.