LCC Amnesty Group with giant postcard signed by LCC students and photo tweeted to President Elect Trump on Human Rights Day
Lucan Community College students celebrated World Human Rights Day on December the 9th (a day before the actual day – Saturday the December 10th -the anniversary of the UN creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948). This international document, signed by over 190 nations, states the 30 basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.
In Religious Education classes, senior students participated in the annual Global Amnesty “Write for Rights” campaign where students wrote postcards in support of campaigns for justice. The 2016 cases include: Fomusoh Ivo Feh (Cameroon) who is facing 20 years in jail for sending a text message, the indigenous people of Peace River Valley, Canada who are struggling to save their ancestral lands and Shawkan, a photojournalist who has been arrested just for doing his job and is at risk of the death penalty (Egypt).
” The Great LCC Human Rights Bake Off” 2016 competition and Cake Sale.
The Lucan CC Amnesty group, worked with different subject departments in the school, to organize a number of whole school events to raise awareness about human rights issues.
Some of the winners of the bake off competitions
In English lessons, 1st and 2nd year students took part in poetry competitions on the theme of human rights.
Some of the winners of the poetry Competition
1st and 2nd C.S.P.E. and RE students contributed art work to a ” Hands working together for Human rights” tree, illustrating the 30 different articles from the Declaration of Human Rights.
LCC Amnesty group in front of the Human Rights tree – art work created by 1st + 2nd Yr students
3rd yr C.S.P.E students took part in a Human Rights themed poster competition
Some of the winners of the art competitions
New this year – The amnesty group participated in the very popular ‘The Mannequin Challenge’ as a centerpiece on human rights day. This involved a short scene caught on video of the group posing like mannequins, with various scenes and posters showing the human rights cases being focused on at this event. This challenge will also featured, a large postcard signed by students in the school, asking for U.S. President Elect Donald Trump to uphold and respect “The Declaration of Human Rights Human Rights” and human rights laws in the USA + the world during his presidency and to end existing discrimination. They tweeted him this on the day.
A prize giving ceremony took place in the hall in the afternoon of Friday 9th, where winners of the different Human Rights Day competitions were presented with prizes and certificates.
The activities and events were hugely successful.
“Principal Ms Birnie said “Our senior students continue to lead the way in shining a spotlight on the importance of campaigning for human rights. Students have engaged with these issues in a strategic and creative manner.”
on behalf of the LCC Amnesty Group.