HRC takes human rights discourse to schools


May 29, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah responding to interview

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) is working assiduously to ensure that citizens enjoy their full human rights irrespective of their age, colour and political affiliation.

The commission, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has decided to take human rights discourse to secondary schools across Freetown by establishing human rights and peace clubs in twenty (20) schools in June this year.

According to the commission’s chairperson, Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah, the rationale was to increase and deepen the culture of human rights among the younger generation through the provision of information and training on international, regional and local human rights instruments.

He was speaking Friday, May 25, during a training organised at the Peace Museum in Freetown for pupils of selected secondary schools on the essence of the clubs.

He said the clubs would help capacitate students and teachers with human rights education- training and information aimed at building a culture of human rights through the sharing of knowledge.

Rev. Dr. Forna revealed that the commission had already engaged the selected secondary schools, adding that the establishment of the peace clubs would help impart skills and molding of attitudes that will prompt action directed at strengthening respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, equality and peace among individuals, especially school pupils.

“Human rights protect the dignity and freedom of every human being. States are obliged under international law to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and to ensure that education is aimed at strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,” he said.

He described the establishment of human rights and peace clubs as crucial to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dr. Fornah called for human rights education to be mainstreamed in all spheres of the education sector, starting with early childhood development and pre-primary education.