BUBANZA October 11th (ABP) – School authorities are called upon to revitalize human rights clubs within their respective schools because the school has an important role in the better future of societies. This was said on Friday October 8 in the exchange and awareness workshop on human rights and the revitalization of human rights clubs in schools, and which was organized by the Independent National Commission for Human Rights (CNIDH).
In his speech, the chair of the CNIDH, Mr. Sixte Vigny Nimuraba, said that these human rights clubs constitute a space allowing students of different classes to strengthen their commitment to human rights. He indicated that the school is not only a fertile ground for the promotion of human rights, but it is a privileged place to support the learning of positive social behaviors.
Those human rights clubs will allow young people to get the values and notions of human rights, and to pass them on to their families and entourage. The other objective being that these human rights clubs serve to stimulate and educate young people so that they know their rights and responsibilities, and that they can get involved constructively in the life of their community, he added.
As for the Provincial Director of Education in Bubanza, Claude Badugaritse, he affirmed the importance of these human rights clubs, saying that experience in that province has shown that those clubs make students develop the culture of peace, tolerance, brotherhood, collaboration, patriotism, mutual aid and conflict management. He also stressed that the number of school dropouts is very high in schools where human rights are violated, a check by ABP revealed.
The participants in that workshop were, therefore, invited to the establishment and revitalization of human rights clubs in their schools. Workshop participants included the provincial and communal directors of education, and those of schools in Bubanza, Cibitoke, Bujumbura, Bujumbura Mairie and Muramvya provinces.