New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

New Zealand launches four Human Rights Centres

Children of Barangay 20 in Tondo with representatives of NZAID and ERDA

The New Zealand Embassy and Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation Inc. has launched four Learning Resource and Human Rights Centres (LRHRC) in Tondo and Baseco, Manila.

The learning resource centres are packed with educational materials that both school children and out-of-school youth can use to enhance and raise their knowledge especially on children's and human rights.

These include children storybooks written in Filipino that illustrates some of the rights of the child such as the right to education, protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and right to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

Ms. Dolora H. Cardeño, executive director of ERDA, said, "By telling these stories, the children will become more aware of their rights and be respectful to the rights of others.”

The members of Barangay Children Association used storytelling, puppetry, posters and lectures in conducting human rights orientation in their schools and communities.

“There is a clear link between the realisation of human rights and sustainable development”, added Joseph Imperial, manager of the New Zealand Aid Programme, during the launch in Baseco.

98 year old Fr. Pierre Tritz, founder of ERDA Foundation, unveiled and graced the learning centre in Brgy. 128, Tondo, Manila.  ERDA Foundation was founded back in 1974 to help poor children that did not have an opportunity to study.

Later on, it became a goal for ERDA to help the poor children through education and spreading child rights to the whole country.

"With education you can learn skills, get a job and help your family” concluded Tritz.

This activity was part of a human rights project, funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, to educate, capacitate, organise, and mobilise children to participate actively in the promotion of human rights.

New Zealand is a long standing development partner of the Philippines and operates projects in the areas of disaster risk reduction, agricultural development, scholarships and a young business leaders’ initiative.


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