Best Practice

The Amnesty Teacher Programme

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.

Put your hands up if:

You have ever felt like you have been treated unfairly?

You have not been given an opportunity to defend yourself?

You have ever been blamed for something you didn’t do?

You asked for help and someone refused to give it?

These were my opening questions in a year 8 assembly to inform them about the new Amnesty International Club I was setting up at my school.

Hands shot up and were held high, among students and teachers, as they angrily remembered and reflected upon occasions in their lives where they felt an injustice had taken place, and they had been treated unfairly. It was wrong. And it should have been made right.

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