Human Rights



Yes, there is an International Declaration of Human Rights. Tragically, what is agreed to and even in national laws, this is not what local people experience … especially people who in varying ways are from marginalized communities.

 

The SEED-SCALE approach students learn at Future Generations University equips marginalized people to act now with what they have to advance. They do not rise up against those who may have been oppressing them; they learn how to advance within those systems and in advancing change the systems.

 
 

What We Doing...

  • Class of 2015 alumnus, Msafiri Msedi (of Tanzania) works with the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance in Tanzania, where he is presently responsible for Promoting and Protecting Human Rights. He is passionate about human rights, disability & diversity, empowerment, and information technology. He has worked as a volunteer with organizations for disabled people, and is a founder of the NGO known as “Tusaidiane Disabilities Resources and Charity Organization of Tanzania” (TDRCT), which is registered to work in mainland Tanzania. The Swahili word “tusaidiane" means "let’s help each other." Currently, Msafiri works in the organization as an Executive Secretary.

  • Class of 2013 alumna, Constantine Samali (of Tanzania) investigated ways to support street children in the Kasulu District of Tanzania, where death of parents, domestic violence, and household poverty were top factors contributing to the number of children forced into unsupervised and unprotected homelessness. To address this devastating issue, Samali advocates two solutions: community sensitization, through which communities are motivated to protect and support these vulnerable members of their community; and the creation of Self-Help Groups that can serve as advocates and support systems for the street children of Tanzania.

  • Class of 2015 alumnus Farid Bayat (of Afghanistan) conducted qualitative
    research with the street children of Kabul City, Afghanistan. He found that up to 21% of youth ages 6-17, or roughly 1.9 million children, are child laborers—forced out of education, and often their homes. Most often this is because the children come from a war-torn family where they were completely orphaned, or their father was disabled, or had passed away, and the male youth are forced to work as head of household because women are not permitted to work under Taliban rule. Opium addiction is also a leading cause of this terrible trend. Bayat’s work advocates for the Afghan government to provide educational and economic opportunities to street children in order to protect them, noting how ineffective most NGO’s short-term, donor driven efforts to alleviate the problem have been.

  • Class of 2011 alumna Kim McLennan (of. U.S.A.) focused her research on how to improve the effectiveness of relief to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. In her work in Haiti post-earthquake era as a rehabilitation worker, she recognized how international aid efforts fell short of building local capacity. She found them to be particularly neglectful of the needs of the disabled population which had vastly increased after the earthquake. McLennan proposes addressing these problems by focusing development initiatives on developing local leaders and beneficiaries so that Haiti’s future is not reliant on external funding and expertise.