Saturday, 13 August 2022

Pupils win national award for human rights campaigning

STUDENTS at Chiltern Edge School have won an award for human rights activism.

STUDENTS at Chiltern Edge School have won an award for human rights activism.

The Sonning Common school&rsquos Amnesty ambassadors won the Marsh Award for the best human rights campaign entry at the Amnesty Youth Awards.

They beat hundreds of entries from across the UK to win the prize in the campaigner category. Members of the group collected the award at a ceremony in London. For their project, the 10 students spent a day at Amnesty&rsquos Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch, teaching their peers about human rights.

The ambassadors also ran workshops and organised a protest at their school to raise the profile of Wang Yu, a Chinese human rights lawyer who is currently in detention.

They also celebrated the release of Albert Woodfox, an American man who had been kept in solitary confinement on death row for 43 years. He was one of the “Angola 3” who were imprisoned in Louisiana State Penitentiary after the murder of a corrections officer.

Ellen Jeffreys, 16, said: “I was really proud when they announced us as winners as we put in so much work for it. We&rsquore just a little school in the middle of nowhere, so it&rsquos nice to know we can make a difference.” David Robinson, head of humanities at the school, said: “To see students taking responsibility for educating others on human rights was truly inspiring and it also forced me to think about incorporating human rights education into more of my lessons.

“The ambassadors were brilliant at relating to my students, which made human rights real to them and relevant to their lives.”

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