5 Feb 2019

Pacific teachers given human rights training

11:22 am on 5 February 2019

Teachers in the Marshall Islands and Kiribati have been given training to model positive behaviour in the classroom.

More than 40 primary and secondary school teachers including trainee assistants completed workshops in human rights and responsibilities, inclusivity and equity in Majuro and Tarawa last month.

Kiribati teachers and teacher assistants at the workshop in Tarawa last month.

Kiribati teachers and teacher assistants at the workshop in Tarawa last month. Photo: Pacific Community

A Pacific Community (SPC) manager, Nilesh Goundar, said the programme would help the teachers promote a positive classroom environment where the students can thrive.

"It is all about ensuring that students have the skills and values to become active and informed citizens," Mr Goundar said.

"Students will investigate political and legal systems and they will explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in society," he said.

"When we equip students with this kind of knowledge and skills, we enable them to make good, considered decisions."

The workshop was organised by the SPC and the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls.

Mr Goundar said the partnership helped to promote gender equality and increase access to services for survivors.

It also aimed to improve Pacific youth's formal in-school and informal education on preventing violence, he said.

"It is focusing on integrating human rights and responsibilities into primary and secondary school curricula in the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati," Mr Goundar said.

"Social citizenship is about equipping school students and young people with the skills to be able to make work collaboratively and peacefully, and think critically and creatively to ensure the sustainable future of our Pacific countries."