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Teachers from Moldova's Gagauz autonomy take knowledge of modern ways of teaching human rights

14:10 | 27.09.2018 Category: Social

Chisinau, 27 September /MOLDPRES/ - The Institute for Democracy on 25-26 September organized two seminars on modern ways of teaching human rights to pupils in the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia, southern Moldova. The seminars were held at the St. Kuroglo gymnasium and the theoretical lyceum D. A. Mavrodi from Comrat. The events were made for persons who have a significant impact on the formation of the vision about the world and values of young people – teachers.    

The seminars were organized by the Institute for Democracy (Comrat) within a project titled, Enhancement of Mutual Confidence between Teachers from Two Banks of Dniester: Formation of Regional Capacities for Continuous Development of Teachers’ Competences in the Field of Modern pro-Active Ways of Education for Human Rights, financed by the European Union (Confidence Building Measures Programme).   

The head of the Representation of the Office of Ombudsman from Comrat, Svetlana Mironova, said that the problems dealing with human rights were relevant at present, as our freedom can be fulfilled only in the context of the rights we have. And if we do not have rights, we cannot speak about freedom.   

It was extremely useful for teachers to learn that all people enjoy, to the same extent, the human rights, excluding any kind of discrimination. There are two fundamental values in the centre of the concept of human rights: the first one is the human dignity and the second is equality.  

At the seminar, teachers learned that the human rights show their basic needs, set the basic standards, without which people cannot live with dignity.  

The theoretical material, including the one meant for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was completed with practical exercises: games for rapprochement, Legal Line exercise, Lights are Moving (enumeration of tights), Linguistic Mosaic, …Unite Us, role game , Draw the Word, and settlement of situations suggested, the game Maria was Stolen (analysis of articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), a test on the knowledge of articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.     

Corruption is one types of violation of human rights. Therefore, by watching video sequences, analyzing the legislation and applying special exercises and anti-corruption games, teachers got new knowledge on the responsibility for corruption in education institutions and formed a negative perception on this phenomenon.    

The newness of the information presented, its practical orientation led to increased interest of the participants. The teachers pointed out the fact that they had learned a lot of useful information which can be successfully used in teaching human rights.  

The teachers positively assessed these seminars, thanked for their holding the organizer and donor of the project, the European Union. They noted that it would useful to continue similar seminars, as they contribute to enhancing teachers’ abilities and the quality of the modern pro-active teaching in the human rights sector, forming the democratic values of young people and their capacity to protect their rights and fundamental freedoms, if they are infringed. 

This project is implemented with the financial support of the European Union, the project’s coordinator is the Institute for Democracy – a public organization officially registered at Moldova’s Justice Ministry in January 2007.

In 2016, the Institute for Democracy got the prize of the Western Association of UNESCO Clubs for excellent achievements in the human rights sector, on the occasion of the Human Rights Day. The international scientific magazine, The Supremacy of Law, in 2016 recognized the Institute for Democracy as the year’s organization for outstanding achievements in carrying out activities in the human rights field.   


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