British schools to offer human rights lessons

London, Sep 14 (IANS) Human rights lessons are to be offered to schools in Britain in a project designed by a US human rights activist, media reported on Monday.

It will tackle topics such as slavery, religious freedom, political violence and repression. The aim is to help schools discuss issues such as refugees fleeing Syria, BBC reported.

The scheme is being launched by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who wants it to start debates about “democracy, respect and tolerance”.

The international school project, called “Speak Truth to Power”, teaches students about human rights activists who have challenged oppression and who have faced imprisonment and torture.

Schools in England now have responsibilities to challenge extremism — and the education secretary said she wants the project, which is free for schools, to encourage young people to be “active and engaged citizens”.

Teachers will be able to access online material to present the lessons.

The project — launched by US human rights activist Kerry Kennedy, daughter of politician Robert Kennedy — aims to teach young people to challenge intolerance.

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