PARA’s ambitious project of establishing 1000 Human Right clubs in high schools of AP and Telangana states is making steady progress. Teachers of select districts are trained to be guides of the HR clubs and later the club office bearers are trained and clubs activated. Khammam is the first district in Telangana taken in the project. Other districts will follow.
Mr. Ramana Murthy CWC member Khammam and Mr. S. Nageswara Rao welcomed PARA’s initiative to train the teachers of Khammam district in Human rights. They mapped High schools in Khammam and surrounding villages, got the DEO’s permission and personally invited the teachers to attend the training.
46 teachers from 40 schools participated in the training. 16 female and 30 male teachers attended. There were teachers from 6 KGBV residential schools. The members, particularly Mr. V. Swaroop from the Juvenile Justice Board and DCPO Ms. Vishnuvardhan actively participated and contributed to the training. The DSP Mr. Bala Kishan’s speech was enlightening on many aspects of the local human right violations. He also insisted that “rights” should be combined with “duties”.
The training was organized in the ‘Technology Training District Center’ (TTDC), a DRDA training facility at Khammam. The training started by 10 AM on 18 Sep 2014 with an overview of Human Rights by Thomas Pallithanam. This key note address was well received by the teachers and the guests present. He handed over the training to the training team from PARA who continued with sessions on objectives of the club, sub-groups in the club, child rights, and a demo on the club meeting with a set agenda.
The training ended on 19 Sep 2014 by 5.00 PM. Some of the teachers came forward to express their opinion on the training. They said that the training was an inspiration for them. They were able to reflect on the Human Rights and learn many new aspects.
Most of the teachers promised to initiate the Human Rights clubs in their schools. They would motivate children to participate and hold elections for club membership. The office bearers will be then sent for training after the Dasara holidays.
– by P J Job