Once again this month, 20 Afghan teachers gathered for a workshop in one of the classrooms of the Abo Muslim High School, in the Andkhoy district of Afghanistan.
The scenario itself was nothing out of the ordinary—but the theme of the workshop was.
The teachers were trained to teach not eighteenth-century literature, or global economics, or even computer skills, but something far more fundamental: human rights.
Since 2008, Barakat has continued to run our Teacher Training Program for Human Rights in Afghanistan. Barakat and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission worked together to create the program, issuing certificates to participants after completion of the course.
“All participants of the workshop obtained certificates and handouts, conventions and human rights magazines were distributed, and food, wages, and transportation expenses were also provided,” said Alhaj Abdul Wakil, County director of Barakat Afghanistan, who helped organize the workshop.
The trainers consisted of Jamal u Din Rahmani, trainer of the Human Rights Independent Commission of Faryab province; Abdul Matin Mominzai, Administrative Officer of Barakat Afghanistan; and Aaq Mohammad Noori, Supervisor of the Education Department of Andkhoy.
Of the 20 teachers participating, seven were women, and four work in Barakat schools.
The topics covered included a brief history of the Human Rights Commission and Declaration, children’s rights, women’s rights (including violence and prejudice against women, and forcible marriage laws), and a description of some of the international human rights laws.
Following this training workshop, says Wakil, the teachers will be equipped and responsible for teaching their students about human rights in school.
Latifa, 32, is a Barakat teacher who participated in Barakat’s Human Rights Training Workshop in 2008. She’s been a teacher for over ten years.
“I now know about the history of human rights, the complete social rights of Afghanistan, unfair punishment against women and families and other necessary rights that are important in a community. I even learned about my rights as a wife and my own children’s rights. I am really so thankful,” she said.
By: Lisa DeBenedictis