ToT on Right to Education

August 22, 2012

Training of Trainers on the Right to Education Act was organised at Shimoga from 7th to 9th August 2012. 38 activists from all over Karnataka participated in the training.

Mr. Gangadhar, handling a session

Handbook on RTE released at the training

Participants of the training

Task force to ensure RTE implementation

August 21, 2012

As many as 120 people, including parents, activists and retired officials, came together on Saturday to set up a task force to create awareness and monitor implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

An initiative by the Child Rights Observatory, the task force aims to protect children studying in private schools; train resource persons; and to conduct campaigns, workshops and training. It will also empower its members to respond immediately in case of violation of the Act.

At the launch of the task force,  Vasudeva Sharma, the trust’s director, said the task force also monitors the students are not discriminated against on the basis of caste, colour or social milieu.

Mathews Philip, executive director of Sichrem, said that the RTE rules formed by the State place a huge responsibility on the school development monitoring committees, diluting the role of the government.

Persons interested in volunteering may contact: 080 41138285, 40912580 or visit http://www.child

Source: Deccan Herald; Dated: August 19, 2012

Meeting of Karnataka Election Watch

August 14, 2012

Mr. R. Manohar, Head of Programs, SICHREM participated in the meeting of the Karnataka Election Watch organsied at IIM on 12th August 2012.

Social Watch report releasing ceremony

August 14, 2012

The report on  ‘Question Hour Analysis of 2011 Karnataka Assembly’ by Karnataka Social Watch was release on 10th August 2012 at SCM House, Bangalore.

The report was released by Dr. Padmini (CRT), Mr. Anand.S (ACF), Mr. Vasudeva Sharma (CRT) and Mr. R. Manohar (SICHREM).  The findings was shared to the group by Mr. Vasudeva Sharma and Mr. Satish (KCRO).


HRE training for teachers of Adharsha Makkala Mantapa

August 13, 2012

Ms. Margaret was the resource person for the two days training program on Human Rights Education for Adharsha Makkala Mantapa Schools was conducted on 11th & 12th of August 2012 at ISI, Bangalore. 22 teachers from 22 schools participated in the training.


Freedom Songs – A Get together of Activist Singers in Bangalore

August 13, 2012

On August 14, 2012 at UTC, Miller Road, Bangalore from 5.00 to 8.30 pm

Social action all over the world has been shaped and inspired by songs. Often, revolutionary  poetry got transformed to protest songs, involving the participation of a larger crowd. Through songs activists informed, inspired, motivated and touched the hearts of people on various aspects of social reality all over the world, using minimum words.  And in reality, these minimum words could achieve what large essays and long speeches could not achieve.

In India, apart from the freedom struggle, left groups used music in a major way through IPTA, KPAC and many other forums. Some of these songs of the past continue to inspire even the youngsters today. It shows the ability of music and poetry to transcend time.

During the last few decades in India, a large number of songs have emerged in the dalit movement,  anti-nuclear movement, anti-dam movement, farmers’ struggles, fisher-folk’s movement, adivasi movement, women’s movement, movement for the rights over natural resources, child rights movement, sexuality movement, anti-communal movement, human rights movement, environment movement , anti-displacement movement and the struggle against destructive development in general. One thing is clear from this: Songs unite people.

Through songs, the activists of today are expressing a different notion of freedom – much different from the earlier notions of freedom struggle. The activists today recognize the existence of a neo-colonial exploitation even today but the struggle which unites them is through multiple resistance movements on diverse issues. We feel the need to strengthen  such songs and popularize them.

There are also traditional folk songs of the adivasis, dalits and local communities which reflect and provide a poetic and philosophical meaning to their struggles. These songs have been part of their culture and not easily bracketed as `activist’ songs. However, they have provided much internal strength to many of these communities to resist the onslaught of the modern consumerist world. Sufi songs in this part of the sub-continent have also played a similar role through their deeper musical, mystical, philosophica and poetic reflection.

It is in this context that some of us decided to explore the possibility of creating a common platform for these expressions of music. The best day possible for this event is just before August 15th marking our freedom.  When the country celebrates 65 years of freedom let us celebrate the present freedom struggle of the people.

 It will be a  get-together of freedom songs. Please inform all those who will be interested.

Pedestrian Pictures, Department of Women’s Studies (UTC), Visual Search, Solidarity Youth Movement, Karnataka Janashakthi, ALF, Moving Republic, Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, PDF, Vishtar, INSAF, SICHREM, National Adivasi Alliance, New Socialist Alternative, Lesbit and Others

August 11, 2012

Announcing the 3rd Training Course on “Using International Mechanisms for Human Rights – Scope and Limitations for Indian NGO’s”.

August 10, 2012

SICHREM is happy to announce the 3rd Training Course: “Using International Mechanisms for Human Rights – Scope and Limitations for Indian NGO’s”. The training is scheduled on 21st & 22nd September 2012 in Bangalore.

The course is aimed at university students of international relations, international law, politics and other areas, as well as NGO staff members, staff of national and international organizations and any others who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of the UN human rights systems.

This course will provide an overview and introduction to the UN human rights system. It will introduce the core UN human rights standards and discuss their universality. It will present the UN treaty bodies which monitor compliance with human rights treaties, the Human Rights Council and its mandate, and the subsidiary bodies. It will highlight the role of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and discuss the place of specific group’s rights in the UN system, the mainstreaming of human rights in UN specialized agencies, programmes and the role of civil society in the UN Human rights framework.

The course is intended to provide participants with the necessary skills to understand the UN human rights system and the standards and institutions, procedures and mechanisms, the role of human rights in the wider UN system, and on the potential and limits of the United Nations in protecting and promoting human rights. Participants will learn how law, policy and diplomacy come together and have shaped the UN human rights system, and how the system can be explained in theory and the functions in practice. Most importantly the limitation for Indian NGO’s will be considered.

Kindly access the links below for the course Brochure and the Application form,

Course Brochure

Application Form



Training for Teachers on Child Rights and Financial Education

August 9, 2012

Teachers Training Workshop on Aflatoun Child Social and Financial Education was conducted on 2nd & 3rd August 2012 at United Mission School, Bangalore. The program was jointly organised by Meljol, HSBC, Department of Public Instructions and SICHREM. 36 teachers from 25 schools participated in the Workshop. Ms. Revathy, Executive Director of Meljol and Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director of SICHREM inaugurated the training.

Social Watch report releasing ceremony

August 9, 2012