Haslingden High School, Lancashire
Title of project: Human Rights
Curriculum area: Humanities
Target group: Year 9.
Outline of project:
The project brought together the diverse elements of the Humanities curriculum across RE, Geography and History to focus on issues of Human Rights, with both a historical and current emphasis.
The project was launched by 'Amnesty International' in an assembly. Over two days students worked with a number of creative practitioners (a poet, an African storyteller, a singer, a visual artist, a dancer and a drama practitioner). By exploring issues through these creative means students were made aware of how people whose human rights are exploited often turn to creativity as an outlet (slave songs, rap etc). Historical reference to human rights was deepened by personalisation of similar issues in the students' lives through drama, dance and storytelling. Current human rights issues were explored and reflected upon by students who responded to the practitioners and their work with respect and sensitivity appropriate to the subject. The School's Arts Council have created DVDs and PowerPoint presentations to give to their individual year groups.