What We Do

What We Do

We believe that in order to develop an understanding of human rights and citizenship in children, we must provide schools with a socially relevant material that is currently unavailable in the school curriculum.

 

In order to do this we provide schools with:

  • Campaign material in the form of lesson plans for teachers to conduct in their classrooms.
  • Events and workshops on various themes (e.g. The Billboard Menace – Reclaiming Our Cities from the Billboard Jungle). These are held outside of school for children and teachers to attend. These workshops involve speakers, question and answer sessions, training on how to lobby and field trips. They help to train a new generation of children in social activism.
  • A youth network (Right-On Network) for children below the age of 17. Once children become Right On members, they can get involved in activism on a deeper level on issues that they feel passionate about. If a school contains more than 25 members, they can form a club. Annual Right-On meetings and conferences are held for members to have the opportunity to get together with other Right-On members from all the schools in Karachi and discuss activities that they have carried out.

 

CMPHR hopes to achieve its aims by pursuing a two-pronged strategy:

Strategy 1: Engage children directly and through schools to train a new generation in peace and human rights education and in social activism

This is being done through:

  • Involving children all over the country in ongoing campaigns and activities, such as the Disability Campaign, ‘I have a Dream of a clean green world’ Environment Campaign, Activism Projects on theme based campaigns. Each campaign systematically and in a structured way helps children explore social issues from a number of perspectives and through a number of media.
  • A children’s membership network, called Right-On Network, to inculcate a sense of solidarity, participation and belonging to activist organisations.
  • Outreach, utilizing the media, relationship with schools and development of material to consistently engage large numbers of children in social thinking and action.

Strategy 2: Create institutions and traditions for long term impact

  • The CMPHR building project is an example of going beyond a time-limited project into an institutional framework so that in order to benefit from the work schools and children have flexible access to an inspiring educational space.
  • Instead of focusing on one-off or sporadic activities, CMPHR concentrates on structured ongoing activities so that over the time traditions of socially relevant educational work is created.

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