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Here's where we share all that is happening in the world of human rights education. What human rights friendly schools are doing, what they have achieved, what challenges they face, and what more can be done! Hear the voices from the ground and listen to expert opinions so that you too can be inspired to make a difference. 

Voices from the ground

Human Rights Education in action.

Human Rights Education in action.


Amnesty International India's Human Rights Education Program showcases how a 'Whole School Approach' in schools can help bring human rights education into daily school lives.




Programme Updates

Bal Mela – Inter-school Bal Cabinet Meet 2016

9th November 2016 was a special day in Ichhavar, Madya Pradesh. As part of the 'Bal Mela' or Children's fair organised by Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS), 150 students members of Bal Cabinets or Children’s Parliament and 38 teachers from 60 schools in the region came together to discuss Children’s’ rights in educational institutes.

The event started off with an address note from Asha Mishra, Vice President, BGVS, who spoke about the importance of child rights, and the work BGVS is doing in the community to ensure them. The Chief Guest for the event was the District Magistrate, who lauded BGVS for their work.

The event then proceeded with group discussions about Bal cabinets and child rights in schools. Students were divided into groups and given activities around the themes of 'My Ideal School' and 'Role of a Bal Cabinet'. They were also given related reading materials which included a Bal Cabinet booklet and a pamphlet.

There was a separate discussion with teachers and community members to discuss and resolve the issues of rising drop-out rates in schools and the lack of infrastructure, which are the most pressing concerns they face.

Towards the end of the day’s activities, students were invited to participate in Amnesty International’s global Write for Rights campaign. The event concluded with students presenting their plans from the group discussion sessions, and raising issues of concern that were pertinent to them.

Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme is collaborating with BGVS to bring the values and principles of human rights – dignity, respect, inclusion and participation – into daily school life through the institution of robust bal cabinets or children’s parliaments. The ‘Bal Mela’, organised by BGVS is a vibrant example of a whole-school approach to human rights education, where all members of the school community – students, teachers and the community – come together to ensure a rights-respecting environment for all.


Our Reach

Success Stories

Human Rights flow From Schools into Communities: Legacy School Bangalore’s Amnesty Club leads the way!

The Amnesty Club of Legacy School takes human rights out of the classroom and into the community!



Wonderful Step By A School In Bangalore Can Be The Stepping Stone Towards Human Rights For All

“I will try to solve problems of my friends and ensure that everyone gets equal opportunity to participate in school events”, said Kushnaaz Begum (13) of 8th standard in Al- Azhar foundation school, as soon she was elected the new head girl of her school. This student council election was by far one of the most exciting moments of my life, no less than the 2014 general elections.


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10 global human rights principles

A Human Rights Friendly School is rooted in 10 principles which are derived from international human rights standards, norms & instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). These principle strengthen the thoughts and actions of every member of the school community. They are the foundation for the four key areas of school life: Curriculum, Relationships, Environment and Governance.

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4 areas of school life: the domains
of change

For a school to become
human rights friendly, the 10 Global Human Rights Principles need to be wholly integrated into every aspect of school life: Curriculum, Relationships, Environment and Governance. These areas are not separate, rather they are continuously overlapping
and co-dependent. The team at
Amnesty International is excited about helping every school to create domains of change within these four areas of school life.

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who we are

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the team

We are passionate about human rights education and believe that a human rights approach to education can bring about meaningful change. That's why we're so excited to be part of the Amnesty International Human Rights for Education Programme.

But to call this initiative a programme is in many ways diminishing its scope and impact. We truly believe that we are together seeding a global movement. One that will start with schools and work it's way outward to change communities and in good time, create a rights respecting world.

We are delighted to be facilitators for such amazing possibilities.

Tara Rao

Tara RaoLeads the Human Rights for Education team in developing the Human Rights Education Programme with schools communities, resource networks and the wider public | BA in Architecture before joining the development sector | MA in Gender and a management degree | Previously worked as Senior Policy Advisor Global Climate and Energy Team for WWF | Lead author of Building an Equitable Green Economy, commissioned as a contribution to the Rio+20 Environment and Development Conference | Previously worked for various development bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations - researching, assessing, evaluating and training | Enjoys playing tennis, singing/music and doing intricate jigsaw puzzles

Krittika Vishwanath

Krittika VishwanathSupports schools to integrate human rights education into school life | MA Sociology, MA Elementary Education (currently pursuing) | Previously a teacher-educator for government school teachers across Karnataka covering areas of social studies, teacher professional development and integrating technology into education | Also worked with youth groups on urban governance, youth participation and climate change | Passionate about travel and food

Inka Dama

Inka DamaWorks on all communication and media-related aspects of the Human Rights for Education programme | BA in Economics and Commerce & PG Diploma in Social Communications Media| Previously worked in advertising and communications, and as a copywriter with Ambience Publicis Advertising | Volunteered as junior communications officer with Pax Christi International in Brussels & worked with CRY - Child Rights and You | Loves music and food (in no particular order)


Archana Ganesh RajSomya is programme officer with Amnesty International India. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Delhi. Her previous work experience with several National and International organizations has strengthened her belief that children can be change makers if they are empowered. She directly works with students, teachers, schools and NGO partners across the country as part of the HRE programme. She comes to work so that she can go back to school and watch children become change makers.


Archana Ganesh RajCoordinates internal communication, documentation, and monitoring and evaluation of HRE’s work in schools | Also conducts training for Telecalling and Face to face teams in Bangalore and Chennai | BA in Journalism from Delhi University | MA in Social Work | Previously worked for a skill development organization | Experience in working with children in juvenile homes/ youth in observation homes | Theatre enthusiast, trekker and music lover.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement with three million members that has campaigned for justice, freedom, truth and dignity for the past five decades. In recognition of its work and accomplishments, Amnesty International was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.

Amnesty International India

Amnesty International India focuses on creating a rights respecting society in India. Drawing on Amnesty International's 50+ years of experience as a global campaigning movement, Amnesty International India is led and funded by people in India, directed by their dreams and aspirations.

We work in two broad areas within the human rights spectrum - building awareness and catalysing action on key human rights issues and violations, and providing much-needed commitment to human rights education and awareness.

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Contact us

Amnesty International in India
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Phone : +91 (080) 49388000 Email: [email protected]