Special Edition Newsletter:
Human Rights Month in Balbriggan Educate Together NS : October 2017
Human Rights Month is an important month of teaching and learning in our Educate Together school. This year the theme is Children’s Rights and, in keeping with their age, the children will learn about: What are Rights? What responsibilities come with Rights? What are the Children’s Rights specifically? How can I exercise my Rights? How can I help in enhancing other people’s enjoyment of their Rights? What are the Children’s Rights issues in our school?, in Babriggan? In Ireland? Internationally? Here’s some of the highlights that the children will experience over the month:
- All classes will follow a core-text which teaches them about Human Rights, generally, and Children’s Rights specifically: Junior infants. , Senior Infants and 1st class learn from the text The Right Start, 2nd and 3rd continue their knowledge of Rights with ‘Lif-Off’ and 4th, 5th and 6th learn from the text ‘Me, You and Everyone’. These classes are done as part of the school’s teaching of SPHE, English, Drama, Ethics and Visual Arts
- All classes Junior Infants to 6th will learn a Rights Anthem for peer-audience concerts The Human Rights Factor at the end of the month, some of these songs will also be reprised for the parent-audience Winter Concerts in December.
- The school will publish , in proper book form, ( for sale in due course) an Anthology of the Children’s Writing conducted over the month on the theme of Children’s Rights ( we are looking for a sponsor for this, would your business/company be interested in associating themselves this very noble venture? Plenty of media attention guaranteed!!!!!!)
- The children from 2nd to 6th will undertake to put themselves forward for election to the school’s Student Council, by presenting manifestos to their class and voting in peer-elections.
- Selected classes will learn about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and participate in the international World’s Largest Lesson on October 17th
- The Student Council, in front of the audience of the whole set of children in the school, will interview and award the BETNS Human Rights Hero award and status to two persons in our community who work hard to enhance the Rights of others. This year’s recipieents will be Edel Campbell ( North Dublin Outreach; the right to a home) and Assumpta Hickey ( Balbriggan Children’s Library; the Right to an Education )
- Irish Aid, Trocaire, The Office of the Children’s Ombudsman and Goal will do workshops with various classes on issues of children’s rights, justice, climate-change and sustainable development
- Our 3rd classes , as is customary, will visit a Traveller’s Site, as part of their work on the right to a home
- All children will learn about about lesser known international Human Rights Defenders Leymah Gbonwee ( Liberia), Daisy Bates ( USA) and Kailash Setyarthi ( India) and will vote for one of these in an referendum conducted by the Student Council for our BETNS 2017 Human Rights Defender
- Friday October 27th is our Self-Expression Day, wehre the children are encouraged to dress up, or perhaps make and wear a badge, that says something about their identity ( interests/hobbies?, languages? Religous or non-religous identity? Ethnic identity? Parental/Family nationality? ) Parents, please encourage your children about this day, and it’d be wonderful to see our many various and rich identities celebrated on the day!!!! We will also have a video-booth ( along the lines of a wedding video-booth) where the children may speak about their identity for the camera/recording?
- And , for the family , see overleaf for a Human Rights Month Family Quiz , with a family ticket to a cinema of your choice as a prize
Human Rights Month Family Quiz
Child’s Name _____________________
Please fill in your child’s name , your answers to each question, complete the tie-breaker, and send the page back in to your child’s class teacher on or before Friday October 20th ( 9.00am) to be in with a chance of winning a family voucher for a cinema of your choice.
- What year was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by the Irish Government ( hint; this is its 25th Anniversary) ______________________
- Only one country in the world has not signed up to this internationally respected protection of children? What country? ___________________________________
- Which former Irish President went on to become the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner? ________________________________________________________
- On which birthday does an Irish child offcially become an adult? ________________
- Which international Human Rights agency has as a motto: “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” ? ___________________________________
- In which city in the USA did Rosa Parks refuse to give up her seat on the bus to a white-man? ________________________________________________________
- 7 Which famous Italian educationalist said ‘early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society?” _________________________________________
- What activity, and a children’s right in itself, did the famous psychologist Jean Piaget describe as ‘the work of childhhod’? _________________________________
- Finish the sentence: Focus ireland is an advocacy and charitable organisation who help individuals and families who have become ______________________________
- On Friday 27th of October in our school , the children are encouraged to dress up or wear a home-made badge that signifies any aspect of their identity ( interests, languages, cultural background, religion or non-religous life-philosophy, personality, parental nationality, ethnic identity etc). In our school we call this _____________–_________________Day
Tie breaker: How many children are there in our school ? ___________________________