Supported By Danish Embassy Period: 2006 to 2010
In two phases News Network implemented the project in 72 secondary schools of 18 districts of the country. More than 12 thousand student aged between 14 and 15 participated in the programme. Objectves of the project were to increase the level of awareness of school students on human rights issues, including child and woman rights, and motivating them for promoting peace and tolerance in the society. The project also advocated for incorporating human rights in school curricula. Under the project activities they have given motivation lectures and they were joined in an essay competition on How to be a Good Citizen. The Netherlands Ambassador of Bangladesh Einar H Jensen distributed certificect activities they have given motivation lectures and they were joined in an essay competition on How to be a Good Citizen. The Netherlands Ambassador of Bangladesh Einar H Jensen distributed certificates and prize money to 54 winners (students) of essay completion. Functions were held on 26 February 2008 and 17 February 2010 at Dhaka. Ambassador appreciated News Network’s programme for the school student and said, “Children are considered as a long-term resource in the development process of Danish development cooperation policy. The obligation in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a direct point of departure for Denmark’s development efforts. Denmark’s development policy promotes for the rights of children and young people and ensures them the opportunity for democratic influence”. He said, “Assistance to the efforts designed to promote respect for human rights and governance is a central and integrated element of Danish development cooperation policy. The promotion of human rights and good governance is an essential part to the advancement of democracy and human rights. Thus the awareness of democratic and governance principles in improving the human rights situation and the overall democratization process is essential”. Side by side interaction meetings were held with the teachers of the districts. Teachers appreciated the concept and the effectiveness of the programme. They also said that it was a great programme to motivate the students, particularly to make children aware not only about their rights and social responsibilities but also a stepping stone to build them as good citizens and develop their civic sense. They also put forward a good number of recommendations for further improve the programme and its expansion. Some of them are mentioned below; This programme should be organized regularly without any long interval. Teachers and guardians should also be brought under the programme. Include such topics on moral values into textbooks. Taking initiatives for appointing brilliant and qualified teachers to schools and colleges. Promoting peace and stability in the society. Removing corruption and building Bangladesh as a dignified country in the world. The elders of the society should try to be a model for the younger generation. Political leaders should have commitments to the society. All laws should be enforced properly to maintain public security and reduce violence. Needs effective activities in grassroots level for poverty alleviation.