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Human Rights month at school


Published 09/10/2012 | 12:40

ONE OF the highlights of life at Balbriggan Educate Together NS every year is its Human Rights Month which is being renewed for the eight time this year.

Equality is the theme of this year's Human Rights Month at the school and children in every class will learn about equality across the subjects of English, maths, history, geography, SPHE, drama, the visual arts and ' learn together'. While coming to understand the concept of equality they will learn of the nine 'grounds' in which Irish legislation clearly states the illegality of discrimination, yet in reality where many people do experience inequality. These grounds are: gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual-identity, family status, marital status and membership of the traveller community. This is all presented to the children in an age-appropriate and in a positive' and empowering way emphasising their own sense of citizenship and worth. Some of the events for the month include children in the 4th and 5th classes conducting an oral history project, interviewing adults about their equality stories. There are drama workshops, grandparents and senior citizens will visit the school and share their experiences of older people in Ireland and there's even a 'Equality Treasure Hunt' planned. On Monday October 15th parents and children are invited to join in the closing stages of the school's London-Dublin ' Cycle-Together' project with Clarendon school, London, and Lubombo school, Zambia which will culminate in a celebration of the Paralympic success in cycling of Fingal's own, Catherine Walsh. Other events for the children at the school include visits to a traveller halting site, the visit of an international film director and artist and friend of the school, Jimi Murikami and there will be invited speakers from Amnesty International. The children themselves will also carry out a disability access audit of the school as well as the Castle Mill Shopping Centre and the Millfield Shopping Centre and Balbriggan's train station and library. For parents and the wider Balbriggan public there are two special public talks being given during the month with the first on October 12 at 9am at the school given by school principal, Fintan McCutcheon on the subject of childhood to coincide with World Mental Health Day. On October 19, again at 9am, there will be another public talk at the school on fair trade given by teacher, Beth. For both talks, let Lorraine at the school know you are coming along in advance by calling 01 6904635.

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