Teacher-targeting human rights course wrapped up [Archives:2004/767/Local News]

August 26 2004

A training course organized by the Human Rights Information and Training Center (HRITC) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) from August 21st-22nd was wrapped up at the hall of Taj Shamsan Hotel in the city of Taiz.
Some thirty teachers from elementary schools took part in the course.
“The aim of the course is to give participants theoretical background on the principles of human rights, and their scientific integration into school curricula,” said Izaddin Al-Asbahi, director of the HRITC. “It is supposed to have informed teachers of human rights values, teaching ethics, as well as international conventions ratified by Yemen, which have become binding,” he added. He explained that “dissemination of human rights concepts and principles can be carried out by focusing upon students, and the training of teachers as the link through which information can be passed.”
The course is the fifth in a series organized by the HRITC. Future activities will include setting up human rights clubs at schools in Taiz, Aden, Ibb, and Sana'a as a first step, to be run by students and supervised by trained teachers, who will also train their colleagues.
The representative of the Education Office in the course, Abdullah Sultan, said the enforcement and spread of human rights concepts and principles amongst teachers will help them to prevail amongst the community, since the teacher is a “joining link.”
He appreciated the role of the HRITC in adopting a number of activities in different contexts.
Trainees received lectures delivered by experts and academics.
The opening ceremony was attended by Abdu Mohammed Al-Hakimi, Manager of the Social Affairs and Labor Office, and Abdulaziz Sultan, chief of the Teacher Syndicate in Taiz.