India – National Convention of School Human Rights Clubs

16 January 2020

(ANS - Vijayawada) - The National Convention of School Human Rights Clubs was held in Vijayawada on December 28, 2019: the meeting was part of the organized activities of the Salesian NGO "PARA" (People's Action for Rural Awakening), with the participation of nearly 600 girls and boys representing 630 schools from two Indian states - Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The conference was inaugurated by the Education Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Hon. on. Adimulapu Suresh,, who declared on the occasion: "The voice of children must be listened to and their opinions must be respected."

The event - lived under the motto: "We raise our voices, we talk of our rights. Join us" - saw the children present the Minister a memorandum with 10 demands for action from the authorities. The Minister himself said he was happily surprised to see how the children were so profound and articulate in their views and praised the practical activities they carried out to promote children's rights. "I am thrilled to see such vibrant students working against social evils and striving for a society that respects differences," he said.

Praising PARA's efforts, he said all students should receive a 360-degree education based on values, and that family resources should never be an obstacle to education. Then he recalled each of the 10 points of the memorandum presented by the students and said he would follow up on each of them.

In particular, he responded very positively to the request to integrate Human Rights Education in all schools of the State, in collaboration with PARA, expressing he wished to see Human Rights Clubs operating in the 45,000 schools of the State, so that all children may become aware of their rights.

The convention also served to elect the various national offices of the Human Rights Clubs and was enriched by cultural and artistic events.

Source: Don Bosco India


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