Celebration of Human Rights Day

25 July 2012

The School is constantly making efforts to create awareness about global issues and help students develop into global citizens.

The School is constantly making efforts to create awareness about global issues and help students develop into global citizens. One such endeavor was the celebration of Human Rights day on 10 December 2011.The activities mentioned below were conducted during the week which finally culminated in sharing these in the assembly with the entire school.

Grade 7: Their task was to establish a colony on planet X and design a code of rights for everyone on the planet. They were asked to draw up a list of essential rights required for life - ranked in order of importance, discuss their lists with their partners and agree on a shared list of essentials. Students went through the stages of consultation to attain an agreed class list of essentials and eventually were able to agree on a common statement of ten rights.

Grade 8: The Grade 8s had to raise pupil awareness of their right to an equal, non-racist, and non-sexist education. Students were asked to brainstorm ideas about what is not fair in school and were then shown statements from a school in South Africa (SA). They shared thoughts on what appeared to be fair and unfair. Students then read a poem written by a student in SA and were expected to compare the rights being denied to students in both countries.

Their final task was to look at the Global Charter for Basic Rights and discuss who was responsible for enjoying these rights.

Grade 9: Students were encouraged to formulate their own ideas of what constitutes a "good" education and have a say in their own future. The aim was to make them realize that exercising a right also involves taking responsibilities.

Grade 10: This being the older age, students reviewed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and discussed the 30 articles contained within. They ended the session with their reflections in the form of poems on what freedom meant to them.