Beakanyang director urges students to champion Human Rights

Monday, June 24, 2019

Executive director of Gambian rights group; Beakanyang have urged graduating students of Masroor Senior Secondary School to keep learning about human rights so as to serve as champions in their communities in human rights education.

Addressing the school’s seventh graduation and annual prize giving ceremony on Saturday, as chief guest of honor, Nfamara Jawneh reminded the graduating class that as students who benefited from Beakanyang’s human rights education programme, they must take their understanding about UN Universal Declaration of human rights to their next levels of engagement.

He revealed that the relationship between the rights organization and Masroor started in 2017, following the launch of human rights club in the school, thanks to the support of the US Embassy.

 “Since then, the club kept growing and all the members have mastered and understand the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Learning and defending human rights does not stop at the school but you can take it to your homes, work places and wider society and become rights champions,” he said.

Mr. Jawneh, who is also the country coordinator of US-based Youth for Human Rights International, further stated that the ‘Never Again’ to human rights violations campaign in the country would not be achieved in the absence of human rights education. “As young human rights defenders, you should bear in mind that as you move on with your rights activism, you may be confronted with many challenges but you must remain focus to achieve your desired goals.”

Mr. Jawneh reminded the students that human rights are universal and that no one can take away their rights since they are guaranteed by law.

The ongoing Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission, he went on, should serve as a lesson for all Gambians to build a culture of human rights in the country.