Appointment of the New Executive Director

June 1, 2020


Congratulations to Ms. Margaret Sampath who has taken over as the New Executive Director of SICHREM from today- 1st June 2020. The SICHREM team wishes her all the very best for her position at SICHREM. We take this opportunity to appreciate her great job and all the hard work that led to her promotion. We know you will do great things in this position, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you.

We wish you to bring more positive changes in the lives of the people. Best of luck as you advance in your career.

Training On Human Rights Education, by Margaret Sampath

October 29, 2018

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Training On Human Rights Education for Davangere Government school teachers by Margaret Sampath.

B’lore: ‘Media Not Serious on Human Rights Violations’

October 12, 2018

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Bangalore, Nov 19: “There is an urgent need for the heads of educational institutions to include human rights education in their curriculum. Gross injustices being meted out to so many children often go unnoticed by the public. The media too does not do a serious job of reporting human rights violations. The issue dies down by just living as news for a day.  If the media takes serious interest in these issues, a lot of violations will stop,” said human rights activist, Mathews Philip, to the members of SIGNIS (The world Catholic Association for Communication) during their Karnataka chapter’s meet in the city on Sunay, Novemebr15.

Mathews Philip, executive director of SICHREM (South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring), urged Catholic journalists and media personnel, to take up the cause of human Rights violations through their various media organizations. SICHREM has been actively engaged in human rights education in over 300 schools across Karnataka and Kerala.

Secretary of SIGNIS (Karnataka), Fr Francis Guntapilly, who was responsible for starting a human rights cell at the Jesuit-run Indian Social Institute here, urged the gathering to “courageously publish any kind of human rights violations against any person, regardless of what religion one professes.  We have immense potential, given the media networks we possess,” he noted. He also appealed to the members to share whatever resources they possessed.

Later, during the day, members of SIGNIS  Karnataka re-elected its present president,  Fr Lawrence D’Silva and secretary,  Fr Francis Guntapilly. The body elected Nirmal Kumar from Bangalore as its vice-president in place of Sr Jacinta Prakashappa from the SMMI congregation.

Human Rights Training for State Resource Group of SSA in Kerala

March 6, 2013

The Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) Kerala on accepting the proposal put forth by Kerala Human Rights Education (HRE) Programme to take up the training of Human Rights Education for teachers up to 7th standard, the first training was conducted for the State Resource Group of SSA. The training was conducted by South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM)  and Institute of Human Rights Education (IHRE) on 1st March 2013 at Animation Center, Kovalam, Kerala.

There were 3 trainers each from 14 districts of Kerala, thus forming 42 trainers as  the State Resource Group for Human Rights Education. The session began with an official welcome and Introduction about the programme. The first session was on Introduction to Human Rights which was handled by Mr. Mathew Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM. The basic concept of Human Rights was introduced in the session. The second session was on Human Rights Education handled by Dr. Devasahayam, Director, IHRE. The session focused on the importance of HRE and its strategies of practice. After the lunch break the group was introduced to the Training Module. A brief introduction to the module was given by Mr. Rahul S, State Coordinator, HRE Kerala. The two HRE teachers who was the part of SRG Training as trainers, Ms. Nisha M.S and Mr. Saleem T shared their experiences as HRE teachers to the group. It was followed by a group activity. The whole group was divided into four groups and each chapter of the module was given to discuss and decide on the strategies and plan to implement training. The training concluded with the group presentation on their ideas and a draft plan made by the participants which could be used for the trainers.

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Mr. Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM, handling session on the Introduction to Human Rights 

State Level Workshop for Preparation of ToT Module for HRE

November 27, 2012

State Level Workshop for Preparation of ToT Module for Human Rights Education for Kerala SSA was organized on 24 and 25 November 2012 at Kollam. 7 HRE teachers, 1 State Resource Group Resource Person, 1 Block Level trainer, 1 Educational expert, National Coordinator IHRE and State Coordinators participated in the workshop. The Workshop was facilitated by the State Coordinator.

The workshop was divided into two parts.

  1. To decide on the content part of the Module
    1. HR Topics
    2. Integration of HR
  2. To devise activities to transfer the content part to the Teachers.

Participants of the Workshop

State Advisory Committee and Curriculum Committee Meeting of HRE – Kerala

January 18, 2012

The State Advisory Committee (SAC) and Curriculum Committee (CC) of the Human Rights Education (HRE) program in Kerala had its meeting on 12 January 2012 at Pankaj Hotel Thiruvananthapuram. The meeting was chaired by Mr. R.V. Pillai, IAS, Member of SAC. 12 SAC Members, 2 HRE teachers, Dr. Devasahayam, Director-IHRE, Mr. Ashok Mathew Philip, Executive Director-SICHREM, Mr. Rahul, Ms. Jincy, Coordinators of IHRE in Kerala and Mr. Saji Thomas was present for the meeting. Mr. Rahul, Coordinator of HRE-Kerala presented the report of the last reporting period. The meeting resulted with number of suggestions and action plans for carrying forward the advocacy plans of the program. Identifying new implementing partners and SAC members was also one of the important agenda discussed. The Newsletter of HRE Kerala and Handbook on Right to Education was released at the meeting.  Dr. N. A. Kareem, Former Pro Vice Chancellor, member of SAC released the Newsletter and handed over the first copy to Dr. Usha John, Principal Loyola College.

Human Rights teacher training in Kerala

July 23, 2010

The inaugural function of the state level consultation on training for school teachers in Trivandrum, Kerala, was held on 15th & 16th July 2010. This aimed to help teachers understand human rights, so that they are able to take the concepts with them into the classroom.

Dr.K.C.Sunny,Head Department of Law,Kerala University speaking

from right to left Dr. vasanthi Devi, Chairperson IHRE,Dr.R.V.Pillai IAS (RTD) Mr. Gangadharan ,member Kerala State Human Rights Commission,Mr.Vinod Singh Cherian,Chairperson Bar Council, Kerala,Shri.P.Govinda Pillai,Dr.Sebastian Paul- back row Mr.Mathews Philip,Executive Director , SICHREM.

Invitation to attend State Level Consultation on Human Right Education

July 9, 2010

The importance of Human Rights Education became evident on 10th December 2004 when the United Nations’ General Assembly proclaimed the World Programme for Human Rights Education to advance the implementation of Human Rights Education in all sectors.

With this UN goal in mind SICHREM in collaboration with the Institute of Human Rights Education (IHRE) have had a Human Rights Education programme in Kerela schools for the past 5 years.  What started as a pilot project in 55 schools is now extended to over 200 schools in Kerela. It covers a total number of 27,842 students, and there are 284 trained teachers involved.

The NHRC have recognised the need to train teachers in understanding human rights issues and they have drafted a module for teacher training.  There is, however, a need to contextualise teacher training in Kerela so as to incorporate a Kerela specific socio-economic and political context.

It is with this in mind that SICHREM along with the Department of Law of Kerela University and IHRE have organised a 2-day consultation.

Date: 15th and 16th of July 2010  – The programme will begin at 10:00am on 15th July 2010.

Venue: Hotel Chaitram, Thiruvananthapuram.

 To read about the objectives of the consultation: Invitation for State level Consultation for Drafting TTM on HRE on 15th July 2010 at TVM[1]

Schedule for the 2 day consultation State level consultation Programme Schedule[1]

Nepali Supreme Court directs government to include human rights in school and college syllabi

June 18, 2010

SICHREM welcomes the decision by the Nepalese Supreme Court in directing Government to include human rights in the national syllabus. The reason behind the decison was ” to combat violence and discrimination against women,” a division bench of justices Bala Ram KC and Bharat Raj Upreti said in a verdict.

This reasoning is further vindication of SICHREM’s human rights education programmes in schools across Karnatka and Kerela.  These programmes hope  that education will lead to a better understanding of the pernicious nature of human rights violations. This awareness will then manifest itself into greater respect and acknowledgement of groups who have been historically persecuted.  

Educating children should also ensure that prejudices do not become hereditary and the chain of discriminatory attitudes being passed down is broken.

Human rights education in Kerela set to get State approval

June 9, 2010

Human rights education in Kerela is set to get a significant boost. The State is planning on introducing State-specific textbooks that deal with human rights issues this academic year.

This will build on the platform of over 200 schools in the state which already have human rights education, thanks to the programme implemented by the Institute for Human Rights Education (IHRE).

SICHREM is responsible for coordinating these existing programmes. Matthews Philip Executive Director of SICHREM says this education will help the students ” not only become capable of defending their own rights but also keep them from violating another person’s rights.”  

We hope that these developments in Kerela can be replicated across the country.