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Students participate in Summit on the U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

New York, 30 April 2006 -- A small group of students from The School for Human Rights in Brooklyn, New York intends to attend the Summit on the U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. By going to the Summit, they hope to raise awareness about the Convention of the Rights of a Child (CRC) that they have been studying in Advisory class. "We have grown-up in problem areas of America and see violations of Children's rights all of the time. We know how important it is for all countries to ratify the CRC to protect children like us." Unfortunately, only two countries (the United States and Somalia) haven't ratified the CRC.

The School is hoping for funding to send eight students to Washington D.C. The total cost for each student is $450. Any donation amount will be highly appreciated. The CRC is an international law that provides children with many of their rights and the students believe this is a cause worth fighting for.

About the School for Human Rights

A combined middle and high school, The School for Human Rights in Brooklyn, New York, offers an integrated academic and social skills-based curriculum to challenge its students to think critically and become compassionate, socially engaged young adults committed to the practice of equity, dignity and social consciousness. Human rights values are evident not only in classroom teaching, but in the school's commitment to meeting the educational needs of every student and practices such as 'discipline with dignity.' HREA is proud to be the lead partner of The School for Human Rights and supports teachers and other staff with resources and professional development.

In September 2005 the School started its second year of operation and will have well over 180 students. The School can look back at a successful first year with teaching practices that infuse human rights and extra-curricular activities like film festivals, workshops with human rights defenders, and celebrations of international days such as Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Ha-Shoah). The School is funded in part by a grant from New Visions for Public Schools, an education reform foundation dedicated to improving the quality of education in New York City's public schools.

More information about The School for Human Rights:

Letter to the student's parents by Principal Kevin Dotson about the success of the first year of the school PDF file

Interview with 9th grade Social Studies teacher Latoya Massey (Article 26, Amnesty International-USA's Human Rights Education Newsletter, October 2005)

Paula Lettiere, 4th year English Language Arts teacher, reflects on year one at the School for Human Rights (Article 26, October 2005)

What it means to have a "school-based approach to human rights education" and a "human rights-based approach to schooling" (article by Felisa Tibbitts in Article 26, October 2005)



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