Human rights education should be a must

from the Malawi Human Rights Commission MHRC

Linked with Helen Munthali – Malawi.

Published on National News, BY BRENDA NKOSI, August 22, 2007.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has said human rights education should be included in the school curriculum.

John Kapito said this on Monday at the official launch of the Education for Human Rights and Democracy Training Programme in Malawi which is being run by the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) in collaboration with the MHRC in Zomba.

“The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of which Malawi is a signatory, demands that education for human rights becomes a part of every pupil’s life in school,” said Kapito.

“One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade. I hope the tree we are planting today here will grow and provide shade to many generations to come,” Kapito said.

Director of education in the ministry of education, science and technology, McKnight Kalanga said the education sector has of late been a victim of human rights abuses.

“Most cases at the office of the Ombudsman are of child abuse in terms of corporal punishment, teachers absconding from classes, sexual harassment and other ills done in schools,” Kalanga said … (full text).

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