Five-day workshop on human rights by ADRI begins today

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Patna, Dec 11 (UNI) A five-day training workshop for school teachers on human rights, being organised under the joint aegis of the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna, and the Institute of Human Rights Education (IHRE), Madurai, began here today.

ADRI secretary Dr Saibal Gupta said a pilot project was jointly initiated in the light of the United Nations World Human Rights Education Programme (2004-2007) in 60 government middle schools in the three districts of Patna, Jehanabad and Bhojpur.

He said that since teachers were the most sensitive and learned section of the society to acknowledge the Human Rights and bring awareness at mass level, the pilot project was being implemented through teachers.

''Bihar is yet to set up the Human Rights Commission and the people here are not well educated on Human Rights, it is the state with least cases of Human Rights violation,'' he claimed.

Dr Annadurai, a representative of the IHRI, said it was a programme of the UN and India was also a signatory to it.

''Bihar is the twelfth state in the country to sign the pilot project of training teachers for wider acceptence of Human Rights.

The main objective of the programme is democratisation of society at the grassroots level,'' he added.

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