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My Rights. Your Rights. Human Rights
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project involves three schools who have worked together on previous bilateral projects:Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow; Hans Sachs Gymnasium, Nürnberg ( Twin city of Glasgow) and Van der Capellen sg in Zwolle, Netherlands. All three schools have a sound academic tradition, but are also socially diverse and outward looking. Over the two years we aim to involve 120 students and around 20 staff, directly, with up to 3000 indirectly in our schools and communities. We shall introduce pupils to important transferable skills such as digital competence, collaborative working, social entrepreneurship and greater confidence in speaking other languages. We are doing this through the study of Human Rights, and are working progressively to explore the concept of Rights (“My Rights”), respect for our neighbours (“Your Rights”) and a more general appreciation of the universality of rights (“Human Rights”). We believe it is essential that citizens of Europe have a sure grasp of the importance of human rights, a respect for the institutions that protect human rights and a desire to defend and speak out for human rights. In all of this pupils and staff will share ideas and resources on line and in person, devising creative ways of highlighting important human rights issues, such as freedom of speech, gender equality and combating prejudice and discrimination. Our project comprises a launch to set the context, followed by three modules of transnational learning activities spread over the bulk of the two years, concluding with a Charity Fair that pulls all the ideas together. Each module is self-contained, and will be led by a different team of staff and pupils. But each team will then create a body of material that can be passed on and developed by the next team. This helps to mentor the succeeding teams. In this way we aim to spread capacity, and maximise staff and student involvement. Our goal is to be able to enthuse our three schools about human rights, so that even after the project is over, there will be a lasting interest in campaigning for human rights issues. Moreover, we aim to have an impact on our communities, by increasing pupil participation in organisations that support human rights charities. We shall also make available a bank of on-line resources, comprising lesson materials, video clips, powerpoints, transcripts of interviews, art work( eg. posters, infographics). Specific activities: -researching human rights through library and online -interviewing human rights activists -learning how to make, edit, and produce short films ( like TED presentations) -public speaking and presentation skills -know how to make and use web 2.0 technology such as Wiki, e-twinning, Google documents, Excel -design infographics -work in a team to manage and realise a project to raise funds and awareness for charity -communicating to some extent in each other's language -learning responsible on line protocols methodology -tutorial based lessons/seminars/workshops -independent learning -communicating on-line/webinar/Facetime, etc -adding information to e-twinning platform -team building exercises -active learning: study visits to places of interest -reguar evaluation and sharing of information; -staff and student training and mentoring Results The results will comprise presentations, a booklet, newsheet, online bank of resources, posters, merchandise. These will be made available in hard copy or online to interested parties. They will be uploaded on to European Shared Treasure. Impact and long term benefits Greater awareness of human rights issues in our local communities Greater involvement by staff and students in activities and events to promote human rights icreased capacity within each school to deliver high quality social entrepreneurial activities
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