A seminar on Human Rights was held on 02.08.2013 at Auxilium Girls’ Hr. Sec. School, Katpadi, and on 3.08.2013 at Our Lady’s School, Tiruvottiyur. Rev. Sr. Majella Fernando, the Province coordinator for Human Rights Education, organized the meetings. The teacher representatives and student activists from various schools actively participated in it. We began with the prayer stressing the importance of the role of ‘family’- ‘the gospel of an endless blossoming’, cradle of good character. A street play on the Human Rights revealed the Rights and Duties as the basic needs of a good family.
The coordinator Rev. Sr. Majella, welcomed the gathering. Rev. Sr. Tamizharasi the former general coordinator shared her views on Human Rights. She spoke about the importance of the awareness on Human Rights education and the prohibition on the violation against Human Rights law.
The Chief Guest of the seminar Mrs. Tamizharasi PG.Asst from St. Joseph’s Hr. Sec. School, Trichy, stimulated the minds of the teacher representatives by her thought provoking messages, such as ‘Teaching is not a mere job, but it is responding to the call of the Mighty one. Educators should be active, truthful and should have a thirst for teaching, especially in teaching Human Rights education. To the students the Chief Guest gave a mind blowing speech on the importance of the brotherhood relationship, the characteristics of Human Rights and the various divisions of Human Rights.
“Courage is grace under pressure” Mrs. Tamizharasi encouraged the students to raise their voice against the violation of Human rights law in all circumstances and situations. The selfless service and the positive strokes only can enhance the growth of humanity. Rights and Duties are interrelated. The students were vividly explained about the differentiation between their Rights and Duties.
The mind blowing speech came to an end around 1.30pm with a note on the methodology of teaching human rights and its valves through a quiz programme, debates and enactments based on the amendments of Human Rights. It was a wonderful experience of enrichment. We thanked God at the end of the seminar and everyone went home with the resolve to make the world a better place to live, where human rights are respected and safeguarded.
Sr. Majella Fernando FMA, INM Province Coordinator for Human Rights Education