A local non governmental organization, Movement Against Poverty Sierra Leone (MAP-SL) on Wednesday October 22, 2008 officially launched a school-to-school campaign on human rights practices.
Speaking to a mammoth gathering of pupils at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School in Freetown, MAP-SL Executive Director, Andrew Vandy Swarray says the campaign specifically targets schools as the organization strongly believes that keeping pupils abreast with human rights issues will adequately have a strong footing for the future of this country.
“We are also targeting schools due to the fact that violations of human rights start right from schools,” he said, while adding that school pupils should be taught about the importance and basic principles of human rights.
This, he said, will keep the pupils away from violating these principles and will ensure a society free of human rights violations.
A sixth form pupil of the school, Paul Stevens thanked the organization for such a laudable sensitization program.
He therefore promised that the basic principles of human rights will be upheld, while calling on the organizers to hold more sensitizations of such.
Some of the topics discussed include definition of human rights, origins of human rights, characteristics of human rights and their violations, categories of human rights and the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and its practice.
The campaign is targeting all schools across the country.
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