Human Rights Education Planned for Armenian High Schools

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–An agreement reached by the Ministry of Science and Education of Armenia and the Norwegian Council for Refugee Affairs provides for the inclusion of the "Human Rights" subject in curriculums of primary schools. A conference held at the Tekeyan cultural center January 10 was dedicated to the discussion of the implementation of the "Teaching Human Rights" program.

Headmasters who attended the conference presented their proposals on the program and discussed the shortcomings that took place during the lessons. The representative of the Yerevan office of the Norwegian Council for Refugee Affairs–Program Manager Anahit Mkrtichian said that the Human Rights subject is taught in the native language.

Retraining courses for teachers were organized under the program. 120 teachers from 35 schools in Yerevan–Gegarkunik and Lori regions already attended the courses. To assist them–the "Human Rights" manual was published in Norway in 1996. The Ministry of Science and Education of Armenia and the Norwegian Council for Refugee Affairs jointly developed and published a version of the "Good Day–It’s Me" collection which contains some rights and duties of children.

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