Amnesty launches Word that Burn project

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

The Words That Burn project from Amnesty International is challenging young people to make a difference through poetry focusing on human rights.

Resources and lesson plans are available for schools and students are asked to create personal responses, or solidarity and protest poems for an individual who has had their human rights violated – which Amnesty will then forward on.

Amnesty provides free resources – all available online – including 10 lesson plans, each accompanied with poems, films, PowerPoints and extensions and exploring areas such as identity, equality and freedom of expression. Students explore other poetry work before developing and writing in their own style.

The idea is that each session looks at a specific human rights theme such as freedom, witness, respect and dignity, and individuals at risk of human rights violation. Students are then invited to submit their own solidarity and protest poems – either written or performed in one minute or less.


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