Amnesty International India's Human Rights Education programme has joined hands with NGO Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti to implement 'Bal Cabinet' programme in 1,372 schools in four blocks of Betul and Sehore districts of Madhya Pradesh as a pilot project.
"The Bal Cabinets or children's parliaments will seek to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation among students and other key stakeholders.
"It is the first step towards building a collective conscience in schools," Somya Dimri, Programme Coordinator at Amnesty International India's Human Rights Education Programme said in a release.
The programme will eventually cover over 3,00,000 students by June 2016.
"It is important to build a culture of respect, dignity, and civic responsibility at an early age, and this programme provides an opportunity for experiential learning for children, thereby encouraging better democratic participation," said Asha Mishra of BGVS.