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Human rights and philosophy should be taught in school!

As a member of the Sudanese community, where human rights are constantly violated and where people, mostly the younger generations, do not tend to engage in critical issues affecting the whole nation, I believe that Education should be changed and transformed into teaching the students how to think philosophically and lay the foundation for that since nursery school, rather than indoctrinating them with ideologies and beliefs that would just dull their minds and make them incapable of questioning things, and taking initiative to find solutions to problems.
Many people here are very unaware of their rights, know nothing about vital issues like economics, for example, and completely oblivious to what's written in the Constitution.


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    Feb 19 2013: But even philosophy and education is a form of indoctrination. I'm not so comfortable with the talk about human rights that does not go hand in hand with responsibilities.

    Violation of human rights should not be condoned by any nation. It is not easy not to be a coward in nations ruled by dictatorial and intolerant governments, but there is only one risky solution: the rejection of oppression by citizens in every sphere of the society. I assume that oppressive governments would be reluctant to permit the teaching of human rights in schools. This is a clarion call to Pro-democracy organisations and the media.

    In apartheid South Africa, school children joined the call for an end to apartheid, and a lot of them died for the cause (June 16, 1976 comes to mind)

    In the end, we have to choose between two not-so-attractive alternatives:
    1. Remain curled up like a sick cat and think that help will come without effort.
    2. We face our fears with courage, and stand up for our rights.
    • Feb 21 2013: How beautiful! x
    • Feb 25 2013: i agree with your point about responsibilities. so many people these days are so wrapped up in their rights and freedoms without considering the fact that we can't do as we please because we live in a society of many and are likely to impinge on the rights and freedom of others.

      some examples are the right to live a vegan lifestyle vs the right of a child to be properly nourished (a terrible story about a baby who died because of their parents' vegan beliefs last year), the right to pursue religion vs the right to be free from it, and the right to give out medical advice vs the right to be protected from false facts.

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