S2 Human Rights Lesson

Since November, the Second years in the R.M.E department have been exploring the issues of Human Rights. We have been discovering the different opinions on the importance and uses of Human Rights and investigating if they are put into place to ensure everyone on the Planet has them.

Through a different range of tasks, we have been looking at the different efforts that Organisations and Groups have been making to try and improve the rights that people may or may not be receiving. We had visits from our local youth worker, Nicola Bruce and three of our communities’ ministers, Rev Dr Robin Hill, Rev Jamie Griggs and Rev Robert Simpson who ran group-work sessions highlighting the work of Christian views to human rights.¬† From this session, students also learned about lots of different Christian based Human Rights Organisations such as World Vision and Oxfam and the work they do to improve the conditions of people in our country as well as the rest of the world.

human-rightsStudents have also been investigating other large initiatives aimed to improve the living and working conditions of some of the Worlds poorest people and concentrated a large portion of time looking at Fair-Trade. To try and raise awareness of the different groups and organisations, there is a massively vibrant and colourful display  in the RME corridor that not only catches the eye, but contains lots of information that aims to inform. These posters were voted for by the Students themselves as the best and most informative pieces of work.

The Second Year have demonstrated throughout this course of work that they have the confidence to question there own pre-conceptions, having been asked and asking themselves about the things in life they truly value. They have successfully been able to take their values and beliefs and apply them to different settings. They have developed the tools to contribute their thoughts and opinions in a valuable and effective way. And above all they have learned about the responsibilities that they have as a Global Citizen to be aware of the issues

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  1. There’s a great opportunity to be involved in human rights work to help Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner Tam Cowan with his “a RIGHT Blether” project. Every school will soon be receiving a pack all about it, so you might want to look out for it arriving!

    There’s more about it here:
    https://www.edubuzz.org/curriculumforexcellence/2010/03/25/a-right-blether-a-useful-framework-for-ethos/

    Tam has also commissioned a wonderful set of pictures to illustrate the 42 rights, which you can see small thumbnails of here:
    http://www.sccyp.org.uk/webpages/about_gallery_ch.php

    You can get full-size versions by registering on his site, as long as you agree to the terms of use.

    I’ve been thinking it might be good to get a set of colour prints made and turn them into a travelling exhibition which could go round the East Lothian schools. Maybe S2 could have a think about whether they think that would be a good idea?

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