UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Youth for Human Rights Project

The Department of Youth and Sports has partnered with the UNESCO National Commission to bring the UNESCO Youth for Human Right Project to Nevis.

The St. Kitts/Nevis National Commission of UNESCO supports the view that educating the youths and raising awareness of human rights via the human rights framework has the potential to effect social change in every segment of our society. There are various determinants that would prevent youths from enjoying their God given human rights, these include but are not limited to: socio-economic background, educational background, the perception of their political affiliation and disabilities. Many youths are not educated about human rights, and as a result.

 

display a lack of consideration and respect for the rights of others and engage in deviant behaviours in varying forms. The youths of St. Kitts and Nevis are taking to gangs and are considered to be at risk to violent crimes which deprives them of their fundamental human rights.

Human rights education involves training, dissemination of information, and efforts aimed at the building of a universal culture of human rights through the impartation of knowledge and skills and molding of attitudes which are directed to:

a) The strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms;

b) The full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity;

c) The promotion of understanding, tolerance, gender equality, and friendship among all nations, indigenous peoples and racial, national, ethnic, religious and linguistic groups;

d) The enabling of all persons to participate effectively in a free society;

e) The furtherance of the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

There are thirty (30) human rights to be expounded in different forums. This project will focus mainly on awareness, which will be administered through educating the youths of St. Kitts and Nevis on the importance of their rights as humans. This sensitization will support the youths in their development to become more cognizant of their rights.

 

The other partners in this project are Hope Nevis, represented by Kyle Weeks and The Nevis Youth Council, represented by Dwane Hendrickson.