Understanding Human Rights

Thembekile Mandla, UNIC Library Intern facilitating group at the UNIC Library during the South African National Human Rights Day

UNIC Pretoria launched 2018 South African Library Week by hosting 67 learners from Tshwane leadership Foundation Community in the UNIC Library on the 21 March 2018 to commemorate Human Rights Day. Human rights may be defined as those rights which are inherent in our nature and without which we cannot live as human being.

The discussion shed more light on the importance of Human rights and responsibilities focusing more on children rights to which every child aspires namely; the rights to be protected from abuse and harm; freedom of religion and thought; rights to be cared for and respected; rights to healthy and enough food; special care and support; rights to a safe clean environment; rights to quality education; to play and have fun; among others.

Children interacted and participated in organized human rights group activities prepared by the UNIC Library team. The activities were planned to encourage the children to understand and take up responsibility in upholding their rights, from their small spaces such as home, their neighborhood and schools they attend as those forms part of the spaces where every child seeks equal justice, opportunities, dignity without discrimination.

The winning groups were awarded with SDG t-shirts, while all the children were given UNIC branded pencils and “My rights=Your rights; Learn about children rights (UNICEF poster).