More Able and Talented Geography Students create a new declaration of rights

On Tuesday 5th July, twenty-two year eight students took part in a MAaT Day organised by the Geography Department. The students were engaged in a variety of tasks surrounding the United Nations and specifically the topic of ‘Children’s Rights’. This topic fitted well within the ‘Healthy mind, body and World’ MAaT focus for the academic year.

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The group started the day by investigating the role of the UN and the work it does around the globe. The group then moved on to consider what they believed constituted human rights and which rights in particular were most important to us as individuals.

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The pupils were then split into groups of three and assigned a country to represent for the rest of the day. Countries represented in the General Assembly were; Germany, Iran, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, USA and China. Each country then spent a brief period research basic information on their adopted country.

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The second half of the day, pupils negotiated and debated with the aim of compiling their own Declaration on the Rights of the Child (this can be seen below). The year eight pupils displayed excellent knowledge, whilst also engaging in vibrant and articulate discussion surrounding some very important issues.

The day was a great success and really enjoyed by all involved. Well done year eight!

MAaT Declaration on the Rights of the Child

  • The right to choose our own sexuality and not be discriminated because of it.
  • Right of free speech.
  • Right to extra protection in war zones for under 18s.
  • Right to benefits for disabled children.
  • Right to protection from slavery, trafficking and prostitution.
  • Right to free health care for children up to 18, OAPs and pregnant women.
  • Right to government support for the poor e.g free water wells.
  • Right to independent choice with regards to religion and not being discriminated for it.
  • Right to free education up to the age of 18 but children have the right to leave at 16.
  • Right to free economy e.g water filters, clean habitat, shelters and mosquito nets.

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