ACT RFK Human Rights Curriculum Pilot
The ACT pilot of the RFK Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Curriculum involved ten schools in England using and adapting resources from the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights.
ACT RFK Human Rights Curriculum Pilot
The ACT pilot of the RFK human rights curriculum supported Citizenship teachers across England in using and adapting resources developed by the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights.
The Speak Truth To Power curriculum is based on the UN’s principles of human rights education and its lessons use the stories of human rights defenders.
This short film shows the experiences of teachers and pupils taking part, and the impact the Speak Truth to Power curriculum can have.
“Ordinary people can make a conscious decision to do something good. Everyone can make change happen.” (Year 8 Pupil)
ACT invited a number of schools in England to participate in the project. Middlesex University evaluated the project to find out:
The University also evaluated the extent to which there was an impact on pupil attitudes to and learning about human rights, human rights issues and human rights actions.
Key lessons learned from the ACT RFK Human Rights Curriculum Pilot and evaluation included:
“Ordinary people can make a conscious decision to do something good. Everyone can make change happen.” Pupil participant
Download this handy human rights checklist when planning your human rights curriculum.
Towers School and Sixth Form Centre, Kent
Teacher: Zoe Baker
Students in year 8 (12-13 year olds) analysed a number of case studies that focused on gender discrimination, women and girls’ rights and LGBTQ+ discrimination. Students identified one case study they felt strongly about and prepared a campaign exhibition for staff and parents to publicise their case and enlist support for their action. Explore the sequence of learning and resources used
Enfield Grammar School, Enfield, London
Teacher: Verity Currie
In this sequence of lessons for a year 7 class (11-12 year olds), students learn about a rights defender and start to plan a possible action they could undertake. The lessons introduced students to the problems of deciding what would constitute an effective political action. Explore the sequence of learning and resources used
Addey and Stanhope School, Lewisham, London
Teacher: Ryan Mason
This sequence of lessons involved a year 7 class (11-12 year olds). They spent the first few lessons developing their knowledge and understanding about human rights. They then focused on the case study of Frank Mugisha and LGBT activist in Uganda. The lessons included opportunities to engage in supportive action. Explore the sequence of learning and resources used
Priory School, Portsmouth
Teacher: Helen Blachford
This sequence of lessons was developed for a year 8 class (12-13 year olds). Students had studied Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid era in history lessons, but they had never considered his work in Citizenship lessons. The STTP case study provided a starting point for a contemporary investigation and citizenship action. The lessons helped students deepen their understanding of the nature of human rights and of the struggle to achieve them. Explore the sequence of learning and resources used
Middlesex University evaluated the ACT pilot of the Robert F. Kennedy Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum.
94% of students reported that they found the lessons interesting, compelling, and motivating.
96% felt the lessons were engaging, in large part because of their focus on individual defenders as a way to understand human rights concepts.
The pilot project evaluated the ways teachers in England used the resources, including:
The evaluation report drew on the following sources of evidence:
“Join together and act as one. When we are together we are stronger and our voices can be heard by people in government." Pupil participant
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