Dear colleagues, Why create a human rights-themed school? One good reason, I believe, is to strengthen community capacities for "youth-led poverty research." The insight that "poverty is a denial of all human rights" has not moved far from the stage of rhetoric. A local human rights education community therefore may consider inviting young citizens at the table to lunch a research-based campaign to influence the local governmental units and public school system to internalize the notion that "poverty is a violation of human rights," and to raise civil society awareness of the political implications of this fundamental paradigmatic shift. When young people experience a multi-dimensional view of poverty and understand the historical validity and empirical reality of the injustice of poverty -- as a chronic deprivation of the resources, capabilities, choices, security and power necessary for the enjoyment of an adequate standard of living and other civic, cultural, economic, political and social rights -- they lead themselves to the civic leadership of "abolishing poverty through the international human rights framework." As such, the aim of a human rights-themed school may be to open lines of communications for the youngest of our citizens through utilizing the international human rights approaches, and thus provide a comparative political and legal basis to the abolishment of poverty and redistribution of resources and influence. Nurullah Hajra, Math Teacher Irvington High School, NJ ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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