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HREA starts work with Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Cambridge, 15 October 2003 -- HREA has started working with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the development of teaching materials on the draft Bill of Rights. A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland was one of the recommendations of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

The Bill of Rights in Schools Project (BORIS) was set up in September 2002 to produce human rights educational materials on the proposed Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The Project is a partnership between the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, the Department of Education and Education and Library Boards. Teaching staff piloted the resource in 30 schools across Northern Ireland. The 142-page resource provides 18 lesson plans for pupils aged 11-14 (Key Stage 3) and aged 15-18 (Key Stage 4 and Post-16). It is available for use in all post primary schools within the Local and Global Citizenship curriculum and can also be used in teaching history, law, politics, religion and English.

Staff members Ellie Keen and Felisa Tibbitts will visit Belfast several times this fall to meet with Commission staff, teachers, educational authorities, students and community members to discuss the project. They have drafted lesson activities for use in schools in grades 6 through 12, which are being pilot tested throughout Northern Ireland. The teacher manuals will be published in 2004.



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