Reza Fakhari, vp for internationalisation at St. Francis School in Brooklyn, New York, has a deep-seated drive to defend political prisoners and finish torture, and to coach others in regards to the significance of human rights.
His ardour for diplomacy, advocacy, and company was ignited within the seventies in Iran.
“The Iranian secret service police arrested me for having some books that they thought of to be banned. A few of them have been books by a progressive sociologist, and a few have been about political prisoners actively being defended by Amnesty Worldwide.”
Due to the connections Fakhari’s father had with the pinnacle of the key service in his small metropolis, he was launched after three harrowing days in jail, however was instantly compelled to depart the nation. “The remainder of my mates went to jail for 2 years. And I got here to the US alone.”
In 2014, he had one other encounter that modified the trajectory of his life. A former scholar whom he had helped to ascertain a chapter of Amnesty Worldwide within the school, had superior in Amnesty Worldwide and urged Fakhari to run for the Board. “So, I ran and instantly was elected vice chair, after which chair of the Board.”
Because the chair, Fakhari employed the brand new government director of Amnesty Worldwide USA, Paul O’Brien, and instructed O’Brien he wished to ascertain a human rights program in his school.
The International Chair of the Board of Amnesty Worldwide was not too long ago in dialog with SFC President Miguel Martinez-Saenz on ‘The Noble Pursuit of Human Rights’.
SFC now has a human rights program in partnership with Amnesty Worldwide, a human rights lecture collection and a discussion board on migration collection. Moreover, a short-term certificates in human rights & international citizenship in the course of the summer season, aimed for worldwide college students, can be in partnership with Amnesty Worldwide and the International Citizenship Alliance in Salzburg, Austria.
“When it comes to curriculum, step one was to ascertain a human rights minor. We even have human rights fellows. They’re distinguished professors in different universities, company leaders, or group leaders who developed and taught human rights programs.” Likewise, he connects it again to core Franciscan ideas.
“Basically the progressive Franciscan mission is to take care of the poor; the migrants; to supply radical hospitality; being inexpensive and accessible; to be servant leaders.”
Below Fakhari’s route, SFC intends to carry a highschool summer season program annually that includes a human rights institute.
“By way of partnership and grant funding, we hope to supply three credit to the contributors for free of charge. After they efficiently end the institute, they’ll take extra human rights programs or different courses of their senior yr. So, when they’re able to switch to SFC, they might have completed a yr of programs.”
“There are some rights which might be inherent, inalienable, common, and don’t rely on cultural context”
SFC can be growing a human rights training course for educators, and can possible transfer in direction of establishing a bachelors and masters diploma in human rights sooner or later.
“There are some rights which might be inherent, inalienable, common, and don’t rely on cultural context. Freedom of expression is one in all them,” Fakhari stated, noting his robust solidarity with ladies’s protests in Iran, defying the imposition of repressive restrictions.
“You take a look at your college students and perceive that that is the second they need to be taught, as a result of in the event that they don’t be taught now of their years in school, it might not occur afterward. Schooling provides them company,” he concluded.