-RECOVERING FROM WORLD WAR II -
THE WORLD CAME TOGETHER
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Become one of the schools to contribute to Greater Manchester’s first ever Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Supported by exclusive access to lesson plans, masterclasses and teacher training from professional poets
Bring human rights to life in your school through poetic expression
Take inspiration from brand new poetic responses to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights curated by UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage
Be part of a growing international programme for schools
As we look to build a more just and compassionate future, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK and Curious Minds are delighted to invite the students and schools of Greater Manchester to come together to create the Greater Manchester Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Created with artists, teachers and activists - under the leadership of acclaimed poet and playwright Joelle Taylor - the programme takes students, teachers and schools on creative, experiential learning journey to create their own Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights: a powerful statement and vision of the future they want to build.
And it couldn't be more urgent or important. COVID has reminded us in the starkest possible way of our common, shared humanity: we are all of equal worth, deeply interconnected and that individual actions matter to the whole.
It's come at a time when the forces of division, hate and authoritarianism are on the rise, causing real damage.
In 1948, the global community came together after World War II to create the best expression and codification humanity has ever found for the fundamental interests of people: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Now, just as then, we must urgently re-dedicate ourselves - and inspire a new generation to dedicate themselves - to create a future that makes human rights a reality for all.
Bringing together resources, teacher training and innovative supporting materials, the programme will engage primary, secondary and specialist schools across Greater Manchester to create their own Poetic Declaration.
Our esteemed Greater Manchester Jury will consider all schools' Declarations to curate the first Greater Manchester Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Greater Manchester Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be unveiled, performed and celebrated at a special event at HOME Mcr on 10 December 2021 - Human Rights Day
SIGN YOUR SCHOOL UP!
PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE CREATION OF THE GREATER MANCHESTER POETIC UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
This programme offers a unique opportunity for your students to be introduced to human rights; deeply engage with the world they want to build; and understand and develop the power of their own voice and agency.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Participating schools get
education resources co-created by teachers, artists and activists. 6+ hours worth of resources, with ready to use and adaptable resources including PPT that your school can use flexibly to create your Poetic Declaration.
The creation of the resources has been led by poet, spoken word artist and playwright JOELLE TAYLOR.
teacher training. Your school will receive access to an online training portal providing
guidance and ideas on how to deliver the resources
reflective practice and masterclasses with poets and educators on Leadership in Teaching - what it means to be a human rights leader and role model in your school.
a live online staff training session featuring professional poets.
to submit your Poetic Declaration to the Jury so that your students and community can be considered to feature in the Greater Manchester Poetic Declaration. We will feature additional select work on our digital platforms.
to take part in our Human Rights Day event at HOME Mcr, connecting with schools from across Greater Manchester. (Exact scope to be confirmed, as it is subject to what is possible from a Covid-safety perspective).
The resources and programme are non-prescriptive but have been designed for Key Stage 2 and 3 levels; it would be up to you to decide which students to involve and what type of a cross-curricular approach you’d like to take.
THE PROCESS & TIMELINE
Sign up is open until the end of July 2021
At the end of August 2021, you get access to our Member Portal, where you access:
All classroom materials and resources
All teacher training
In early September 2021 we deliver live teacher training, which all participating schools are invited to.
Autumn term - project delivered in schools - you decide when and how.
5 November 2021 - Poetic Declaration submitted to the Jury
Your school participates in the Human Rights Day event at HOME Mcr on the 10 December 2021.
To participate in the programme, your school needs to:
commit a minimum 6 hours of lesson time.
ensure relevant teachers attend a live training session, and have time to engage with downloadable masterclasses.
submit your school’s Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights by 5th November.
contribute an all-inclusive, heavily subsidised fee of £250 + VAT
Your school can pay by card or request an invoice through the links on this page.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE GET IN TOUCH
Curious Minds is a leading charity which works to make high quality creative and cultural learning opportunities available to all children and young people, wherever they live and whatever their circumstance.
We do this by connecting teachers, youth workers and community leaders with artists and creative professionals; giving them access to information, expertise, space and resources to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education.
PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERS
The Poetic Universal Declaration of Human Rights programme is being created by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK. We exist to inspire and empower people to make decisions and take actions every day that will help make human rights reality for all - to become ripples of hope in their communities and across the world.
In 1968, Robert F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. His campaign called on us to envision and work for a world in which the dignity of every human being is honoured and respected; in which we value one another and realise our own power to shape the future.
We are at a critical moment in British and global history. We need to nurture a culture that is built on our shared humanity.
The universal concept of human rights that Robert F. Kennedy championed is essential to that effort.
Human rights – the best articulation and codification humanity has ever found for the fundamental interests of people – set out what society should deliver for people and can be a guide to be used and acted on in everyday decision-making, until they are made a reality for all.
And yet, we know that for many in the UK, human rights feel remote – they are for others but not for me. Demonstrating the relevance and importance of human rights is the challenge in front of us.
And so we deliver artistic, educational and cultural programmes that tell a relevant, local story of human rights and celebrate the countless organisations that do the incredible work of making human rights a reality to inspire and build long-term cultural change.
AFFILIATION: We are proud and honoured to be affiliated to, and be building on the work of, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in the US, which is led by Kerry Kennedy and was founded after Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968 by his family and friends as a means to dedicate themselves to a common goal: achieving Bobby’s dream of a more just and peaceful world.
THE ORGANISATION: Founded in June 2018, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK is incorporated in the UK as a limited company (11397556) and registered with the Charity Commission of England & Wales (1181744).
ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS UK
Baroness Ruth Davidson
Baroness Helena Kennedy
Lord Rumi Verjee
Dr Mark Ellis
Paul Lindley OBE (Chair)
Nizam Uddin OBE