Sunday 25 May 2014


Jamaican youth and educators are answering the invitation to join the human rights awareness conversation on social media and the internet hosted by RAP - the Rights Awareness Programme aimed at raising awareness and increasing advocacy on Human Rights in Jamaica funded by the European Union and implemented jointly by the British Council and Rise Life Management Services.

In just one week since a soft launch on the internet and social media targeted at youth, civil society organisations (CSOs) and educators earned 62 likes on Facebook and 30 Twitter followers. Site visitors have also messaged RAP on their wish to be involved in the programme. Over 500 educators attending conferences in Montego Bay and Old Harbour, also received a RAP introductory flyer.

"Social media and the internet is a key component in our objective to build human rights awareness in Jamaica," says RAP Project Manager, Rochelle James. We all need to live the Jamaican youth selected RAP slogan - "I Have Rights, You Have Rights, Let's Voice Our Rights".

RAP Jamaica is focused on human rights education, discussion and information with links to the worldwide issues and conversations on human rights. The RAP mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of Human Rights, build the capacity of civil society organisations and promote a culture of human rights and democracy across the nation.


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We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes. Our offices in the Caribbean are hosting a number of ongoing initiatives linking the Caribbean to the UK.
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