Pamoja Kwa Haki – Transition Year Human Rights Module
Pamoja Kwa Haki means ‘Together for Rights’ and that’s exactly what it’s about. It’s about young people who are concerned and passionate about human rights, coming together to create awareness and mobilise people to act in the defence and promotion of Human Rights. Using creative and innovative means, you have the ability to reach out to your peers, your school and beyond to support Trócaire in working for a Just World.
The Pamoja project is a Development Education project developed in conjunction with Trócaire’s annual priority campaigns. Pamoja groups explore and research a case study, undertake actions to raise awareness and celebrate and evaluate their achievements.
Pamoja is founded on the principles of
P – Participation
A – Analysis
M – Multiple points of view
O – Outside the box!
J – Justice
A – Action
What does a Pamojaproject involve?
• Research, prepare and design a project based on Trocaire’s case study
• Hold regular meetings to plan and co-ordinate your project
• Present this project to your peers, school community and beyond
• To prepare for and host Trócaire representatives if they visit your school
• Evaluate and reflect on what you have learned and experienced by completing the project and the online questionnaire and reflections at regional days.
• Participate in and attend a celebration day. This will allow time for celebration, networking and reflection on the whole Pamoja project.
Trócaire Education Team
The Trócaire Education team will:
(1) run a Pamoja teacher training day in September.
(2) support teachers through the Yammer network, Trócaires internal communication network.
(3) support through phone and email during the academic year.
- Information on a case study will be sent in September, on the lenten theme and county focus.
- A Trócaire visitor from overseas may visit your school during the academic year to support your own campaign and to give you a special and personal insight into their life, work and country.
- A Trócaire Pamoja ‘Certificate of Achievement’ will be presented to you on completion of your project and Trócaire report in recognition of your commitment to justice, peace and human rights.
Pamoja Kwa Haki meaning ‘Together for Rights’ in Swahili is Trócaire’s long term human rights programme in post primary schools.
Based on rotating case studies, Pamoja guides and encourages students to look at the root causes of poverty using particular Development Education tools and techniques.
This learning is applied to a particular human rights and global justice issue or theme which leads to action based approach to awareness raising. Past themes have focused on Climate Change in Kenya, Gender Inequality in Malawi and Rebuilding communities in Uganda. The Pamoja project can be undertaken as part of a Development Education module, as a Transition Unit or within a subject class or Peace and Justice extracurricular group.
While Trócaire provides a school with support and assistance, activities are all student-led and student-centred. It is the students themselves who decide on what initiatives they would like to undertake in order to promote Trócaire’s work. Because the programme is student-led and student-motivated, participants gain a real understanding of the issues.
The objective of the Pamoja programme is to mobilise young people to become global citizens and human rights activists.