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KHRP talks to primary school children about Human Rights

As part of a week focused on introducing school children to the concepts and application of human rights, KHRP was invited to speak at Cranmore Primary School in Mitcham, South London.  

On Wednesday 25th May 2011, KHRP’s Awaz Raoof ran an interactive workshop introducing children to the idea of the United Nations, issues surrounding human rights and the Kurdish Question.

Building on previous talks and workshops delivered by other NGOs, 120 juniors (6-8 years) listened eagerly to a 30 minute talk refreshing their previous lessons. Awaz covered the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and exactly what human rights are, illustrating the idea that basic human rights are a necessity for life. She then highlighted who the Kurds are, and the human rights issues they face.

This was followed by an hour long workshop for older children between 9 and 11, which went into more detail on the Kurdish Question. They discussed what is meant by a minority, the hardships faced by a community not tolerated by the majority, where the Kurds live, what natural resources are found in these areas and the demographic dispersal of the Kurds across the Middle East. Awaz then told them about how these issues affect the human rights of Kurds in the Middle East, and the work that KHRP does to help them. 

The sessions helped confirm the children’s understanding of the role human rights play and their relevance, not only for the Kurds, but for their own lives too. KHRP was delighted to be a part of the week’s events and observe the pupils’ engagement with the importance of human rights. As one young boy put it, “we want people to respect ours, so we should respect theirs”.