This year we take Service Learning to the next level. For the second year in a row, together with schools and organizations all over the world, AV students participated in an annual awareness campaign organised by Amnesty International. Write for Rights encourages supporters to stand up against inequality and injustice. For example, our students have written letters to activists fighting for basic human rights such as “freedom of belief”, “the right to a fair trial”, “non-discrimination”, or “the right to housing.”
Before our Winter Break, Grade 8, 9, and 10 students completed a workshop. The students learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and were exposed to several cases in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. They wrote letters to activists who have been facing unjust or disproportionate consequences for simply expressing their opinion or standing up for their rights. The workshop was led by our CAS Coordinator, Mrs Daniela Prath and our Service as Action Coordinator, Mr Daniel Poetscher.
It was an eye-opening experience for many of our students and all letters have been distributed by the Amnesty International office at the beginning of January. If you would like to learn more about Amnesty International or Write for Rights, visit their website: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/write-for-rights/