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Ruane helps human rights education to Lift Off

2 March, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane

Education Minister, Caitríona Ruane, has announced funding for Amnesty International to deliver human rights education in primary schools across the north.

The Minister visited Glencraig Integrated Primary School in Holywood, County Down, where she announced that almost £30,000 has been offered to Amnesty’s Lift Off project, which provides teaching aids to help children learn about human rights.

Speaking during her visit, the Minister said: “It is vitally important that we teach children from a young age about the importance of human rights. Children should have the chance to learn not only about human rights but also experience human rights being upheld within the school environment. Children have the right to equality of esteem and to expressing their ideas. They also have the right to be protected from danger and cared for until they are old enough to care for themselves.

“These values and principles help form the foundation of civilised society and enable young people to grow up with respect for, and awareness of, both themselves and those around them. To this end, my Department has incorporated human rights into the Citizenship element of the revised curriculum.

“Amnesty International’s innovative Lift Off project, which operates across the whole of Ireland, will help primary schools here deliver this crucial aspect of young people’s development. I am pleased to be able to support this worthy initiative and wish the organisation every success for the future. This announcement is particularly appropriate as it comes during Fairtrade Fortnight, when we are encouraged to support workers in developing countries to basic rights regarding how they are rewarded for their labours.”

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