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Art teaches children about human rights

Primary school children have been learning about human rights through the use of art, thanks to an innovative new project.

Three primary schools in Colchester took part in the Arts and Human Rights in Education Project, which was developed by academics at the University of Essex.

The project used photos, paintings and fun activities to encourage the children to think about ways in which human rights have been violated in the past, how attitudes have been changed and how to protect human rights in the future.

The schools that took part in the scheme were Willow Brook Primary School, St Andrew’s Junior School and Millfields Primary School.

Children at the schools also took part in an art competition based on the theme of human rights.

Prizewinners were Callie-Michelle Reynolds from Willow Brook, Lula Levoi from Millfields and Shayma Hafidi from St Andrew’s.

Aaron Battersby, Year 6 teacher and deputy head teacher at Millfields, said: “The children really enjoyed learning about human rights. The classes were delivered in a fun, interactive way and I was impressed with their art works. They obviously learned a great deal.”

Dr Aoife Daly, from the Human Rights Centre and School of Law at Essex, who helped set up the project, said: “The children responded with wonderful ideas and enthusiasm for looking at the themes of human rights.

“The project sought to educate children about rights through art and served as a strong means to engage local children in university activities. We hope this initiative will be held on an annual basis.”


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