Ghana: CHRAJ rolls out human rights programme for basic schools

Published on All’Africa, by Gifty Mensah, 31 May 2010.

Accra — As part of plans to bring human rights education to the doorstep of basic schools, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), last Thursday began a human rights education programme at the New Gbawe Junior High School in Accra.

The programme, which is intended to run throughout the year, will be extended to sixteen Junior High Schools within the Ga South Municipality. The objective of the programme is to communicate basic human rights to young people in order to lay a strong foundation for the future of human rights promotion in the country, according to the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ in charge of Public Education and Anti-Corruption, Mr. Richard Quayson.

In addressing the pupils of the school, the Deputy Commissioner told the children that human rights were the entitlements that are given to individuals including children living in a particular place for orderliness and respect for one another.

He mentioned the rights to education, good health care, movement, food, shelter, clothing and right to private property as some of the basic human rights which he believes must go with responsibilities … //

… Kludje Oliver, a JHS 2 pupil also told PA that he has become aware of his rights and would not hesitate to report any one who abuses his fundamental human rights.

He later pleaded with CHRAJ to extend the education to all schools, including villages, to benefit children all over Ghana. (full text).

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