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New comic explains human rights for school children

Graphic: Students, teachers and SUHAKAM representatives read the comic

The colourful comic features six short stories that centre on the key principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote understanding of human rights among school children, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has published a new comic entitled "ATHAM" (Malay acronym for "Human Rights Best Practices in Schools").

ATHAM is part of a joint initiative of SUHAKAM and the Ministry of Education Malaysia, first started in 2009, to inculcate human rights awareness and practices among school communities in Malaysia.

The colourful comic features six short stories that centre on the key principles in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Given its importance as a human rights educational tool, SUHAKAM has distributed the comic to more than 150 schools in Malaysia and will translate it into other local languages.

SUHAKAM has also worked with the School of Information Technology, Monash University Malaysia, to produce an animated comic based on one of the stories entitled in the publication: "Hak Untuk Mengamalkan Kebudayaan Sendiri" (Malay definition: The Right to Practice our Own Culture).

It is one of three joint projects undertaken by both institutions to promote human rights education through interactive digital tools.

Soft copies of the comic are at: http://www.suhakam.org.my/education-training-materials/.

The animated comic is available at: http://rightsgodigital.com/animatedcomic.php

Date: 23 November 2015


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  1. Students, teachers and SUHAKAM representatives read the comic - Human Rights Commission of Malaysia