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Thursday 19 July 2018

Balbriggan pupils put pen to paper to promote human rights

Pictured at the Balbriggan Educate Together book launch is TD Clare Daly with teachers, parents and children who were involved in the book
Pictured at the Balbriggan Educate Together book launch is TD Clare Daly with teachers, parents and children who were involved in the book

Fergal Maddock

Pupils from a Balbriggan school who place human rights as a high priority have put pen to paper in a wonderful new publication.

The book entitled 'Writing Our Rights; Human Rights Month' has been produced by Balbriggan Educate Together NS. The book is stocked  with children's teachers' and parents' writing reflecting their 13 years experience of conducting Human Rights education in their school. 

The children's writing  gives example after example of the impact of Human Rights Education on the children's learning showing how it  develops the children academic, social and emotional wellbeing and spurs their sense of citizenship and engagement with their locality. 

The teachers' writing would be directed at student-teachers, teachers, schools and colleges offering them a window into this school's experiences of conducting Human Rights Education since the school was founded in 2005.  

The book also includes accounts of parents' experiences of sending their children to a school where  there is an emphasis on this form of education and schooling.  

Local TD Clare Daly conducted the launch and emphasised the importance to society  for schools to develop  in children a critical and participative form of citizenship to serve both their own needs and the greater needs of Irish society in the 21st century. 

Beth Hickey and Fintan McCutcheon, the book's editors, stressed the pride they felt in the quality of the contributions to the book from  the children, teachers and parents alike. 

The book is dedicated to the memory of Brian Ruane , the recently deceased Chairman of the school's Board of Management, who was himself a Human Rights educator and activist. 

The book can be bought directly from the school, or by ordering online via info@balbrigganetns.com  and is retailing at €10.

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