Teacher Training Completed for the Year

The final Teacher Training Workshop for Human Rights for the 2010-11 school year recently wrapped up in Afghanistan. The program began in 2008 with a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and is run in collaboration with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). This year, we increased the number of programs by 30 percent, equipping 180 teachers in human rights training.

This year Barakat responded to an increased demand for training and welcomed teachers from non-Barakat schools to attend the program. The workshops saw their highest number of female participants so far at 85. Most sessions had four or five trainers, including at least one woman, and next year we aim to have even more female trainers.

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According to Barakat Country Director Aaq Mohammad, “All the participants expressed that they have learned that human rights are really urgent for society.” Some teachers showed their enthusiasm by writing poems about the workshops. In one poem, Mohammad Sadeq Rasooli wrote:

Acknowledging mother and child’s rights, forbidding violent acts against them—it is indeed worthwhile to be familiar with our own rights.

In the end we are all bound to follow Quranic rules and injunctions—it doesn’t matter whether we are white or black, the weak or the powerful.

As Afghanistan struggles to educate its people about the importance of human rights, Barakat is supporting their efforts through our workshops. Providing teachers with this information is the most effective means of spreading knowledge to the community and the next generation of voters about human rights and the democratic process.