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Commission To Look Into Students’ Welfare

The students were introduced to human rights values such as human dignity, respect and equality during the human rights education sessions.
08 Jun 2019 10:00
Commission To Look Into Students’ Welfare
Education and advocacy team with Nasamila District Primary School teachers.

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission visited 10 schools in Rewa South and Tailevu South recently, raising awareness on human rights issues.

It also discussed with the schools on the role of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission, reaching out to about 400 students and 100 teachers.

The commission’s education and advocacy team visited Nukui District Primary, Rewa District Primary School, Kaba District Primary School, Nasamila District Primary School, Nabitu District Primary School, Ratu Veikoso District Primary School, Vuci Methodist Primary School, Vunibokoi District Primary School, Namara District School and Bau College.

The students were introduced to human rights values such as human dignity, respect and equality during the human rights education sessions.

The sessions were interactive so that students could engage with the facilitators during the awareness exercise.

Some issues discussed were in relation to bullying in school, use of corporal punishment despite it being abolished, child labour and right to education.

The teachers at the schools expressed gratitude for having human rights education sessions as it would assist children to learn about values such as respect and equality.

Some teachers expressed concern over students failing to attend school at the request of their parents.

According to the teachers, these students are asked to stay back home at times and assist in the family teitei (plantation) and as a result they miss out on their school work.

The commission is treating this issue seriously and will be visiting the villages and communities to have face-to-face discussion with the families, raising awareness on right to education and child labour.

The commission has taken proactive steps through its public outreach initiatives to educate Fijians on human rights issues and to listen to their concerns and grievances, reaching out to Fijians living in informal settlements, rural, remote and maritime areas.

School visitations are integral to the commission’s education and advocacy initiative which is in line with its constitutional mandate to educate the public including children on the rights and freedoms recognised in the Bill of Rights (Chapter 2 of the Fijian Constitution).

The commission has also visited schools in Rotuma, Lau, Kadavu, Gau, Savusavu, Taveuni, Ovalau, Rakiraki, Tavua, Navua and Labasa together with schools in urban and semi-urban areas around the country.

The commission is planning more school visits in the coming weeks.

Feedback: avinesh.gopal@fijisun.com.fj

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