On March 28, within the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade the UNO/DPI Yerevan hosted students from schools of Noramarg and Sayat-Nova, Ararat region, who participated in educational outreach and debate/discussion.
Armineh Haladjian, the officer in charge of the UN Department of Public Information Yerevan office, introduced the history of slavery and slave trade, talked about its reasons and consequences, its legacy as well as about modern forms of slavery. She mentioned that unfortunately even today we face discrimination against people of African descent, “though in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights all people are born free and have equal rights regardless of their race, nationality, religion and culture. There can’t be any exception for national minorities or on the base of race and religion.”
The students watched the UNESCO documentary “Soul of Resistance” introducing the history of slavery and slave trade, showing the great heritage of people of African descent and criticizing discrimination against the black.
After this historic and geographic introduction the discussion theme smoothly passed to the issues of racism, discrimination, tolerance, xenophobia, human rights, global humane values and objectives that United Nations supports and endorses, as well as their reflection in the Armenian society. The students were divided into two groups and got prepared for a debate about the mentioned issues. The presentations after the team work were hot and very lively. The children were very enthusiastic to defend their veiwpoints and argued with the opposing team under guidance from their teachers.
At the end of the event the students got acquainted with posters presenting the history and consequences of slavery and received some materials related to the theme of the day.
This was the second visit of Sayat Nova and Noramarg community schools to the UN House. Their first participation in a UN event was in December 2016; the event was dedicated to the Human Rights Day and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since then the two schools have become members of the “Friends of UN” network.
The UN General Assembly declared March 25 as the International day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on December 2007. 2015-2014 was declared as International Decade of People of African Descent.
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