Don Bosco Action India, through its partner organizations, is involved in a vast spectrum of development programmes across the country. However, the network is currently focusing on two major programmes:
- Enabling People access Entitlements
- Promoting the Rights to Education
The following focus areas were identified for future interventions with reference to MDGs.
- Self-Help Groups (IGP, Marketing, Tap government projects, Improving the visibility)
- Integrated Farming (Los-cost integrated farming, fish & Prawn culture, Organic farming, Promotion of renewable sources of energy, and Animal husbandry and Poultry)
- Water, Ecology, and Environment (RWH, Reducing water pollution, Popularizing renewable energy, Improving the green cover, and formation of Eco-clubs, and Prevention of plastics)
- Children (Legal assistance to child labour, Sponsorship, Dropout prevention centre, Skill training at source, Lobby for a separate ministry for child welfare).
Enabling People access Entitlements
Human rights are “rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.” Proponents of the concept usually assert that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being human. Human rights are thus conceived in a universalist and egalitarian fashion. Such entitlements can exist as shared norms of actual human moralities, as justified moral norms or natural rights supported by strong reasons, or as legal rights either at a national level or within international law. However, there is no consensus as to the precise nature of what in particular should or should not be regarded as a human right in any of the preceding senses, and the abstract concept of human rights has been a subject of intense philosophical debate and criticism.
A government programme which provides money or care for the people who are in need and an individual’s right to receive a value or benefit provided by law. Commonly recognized entitlements are benefits, such as those provided by Social Security. An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on establishedrights or by legislation. A “right” is itself an entitlement associated with a moral or social principle, such that an “entitlement” is a provision made in accordance with legal framework of a society. It’s a laws based concepts of principle “rights” which are themselves based in concepts of social equality or enfranchisement
The movement quickly gelled as social activism and political rhetoric in many nations put it high on the world agenda. By the 21st century, the human rights movement expanded beyond its original anti-totalitarianism to include numerous causes involving humanitarianism and social and economic development in the Third World.
Promoting the Rights to Education
The Purpose of Human Rights Education is to ensure that all citizens, from school children to community leaders are aware of the rights they are quarneed and to know hoe to claim them. Human rights education will also guide people in the process of examining their needs, understanding which of these can be framed as rights and the methods they can adopt to secure them. The right to education occupies a central place in human rights and is essential for the exercise of other human rights and development. It provides a means through which economically and socially excluded children and youth can lift themselves out of poverty. When children who have had the benefits of education grow up, they are more likely to choose to send their own children to school.
Education is coming to occupy an ever larger place in people’s lives as its role among the forces at work in modern societies increases. More than ever today, children need a good quality education and training if they are to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in the labour market. Therefore a focus on Human Rights Education will help communities understand their entitlements and responsibilities as citizens.