Doha, November 21
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) has launched an awareness and educational campaign for students of Arab and foreign community schools.
This campaign, which will continue until Nov.25, comes within the framework of the committee’s work strategy towards promoting and spreading a culture of human rights and students’ rights in schools for students, teachers, academic staff and parents.
The campaign aims to raise awareness and educate students for the need to protect and promote human rights, and it is an extension of previous campaigns directed in schools to develop the students understanding of human rights and how to communicate with NHRC and inform them of its role and competencies.
The Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs Department of NHRC Hamad Majed Al-Marzouqi, said in a statement that the campaign, directed at Arab and foreign school students, is a competition designed around a number of basic human rights to be contested in three categories for secondary, preparatory and primary stages: which are “scientific research, essay, and drawing”, and each category has been allocated in proportion to the target school stage.
He noted that seven schools have been identified for this campaign, which are among the schools of the Arab communities and include the “Palestinian, Tunisian, Sudanese and Jordanian” schools, in addition to the schools of foreign communities, including the “Filipino, Pakistani and Indian” schools.
He pointed out that the scientific research competition for the secondary stage was devoted to three human rights topics: “sustainable development, the right to education, and the right to environment” in order to raise the capabilities of secondary school students in writing scientific essays according to its terms and requirements.
With regard to the competition for the preparatory stage, Al-Marzouqi indicated that it will be for the best essay written on basic social, economic and cultural rights, in which the student expresses “the right to housing, identity, expression of opinion, then health and education.”
He explained that on the side of the competition directed at the primary stage, there will be a competition for the most beautiful painting to be drawn on the same topics directed at the preparatory stage. In this competition, the primary stage was divided into two parts, from the first to the third grade, from the fourth to the sixth grade, taking into account the individual differences of the child, so that he can express one of the rights mentioned in the drawing in a simplified manner.
He pointed out that a joint program will be established between the National Human Rights Committee and the schools of Arab and foreign communities, in addition to activating the role of students in launching competitions to raise awareness and promote human rights concepts for all levels of primary, preparatory and secondary schools.
Introductory brochures (paper and electronic) will be distributed on NHRC, its role and competencies, in addition to the distribution of conditions for competitions in its three categories.
The competitions will also be sent to schools to be announced during the campaign period from Nov. 20-25, and the winners of the competition will be announced in February of next year in a ceremony honoring the participating schools.