In recognition of Human Rights Day on December 10th, four of our students were invited to attend a Reception held at the Speakers House alongside MPs and Peers in aid of human rights action through Amnesty International’s ‘Write for Rights’ campaign On Wednesday 6th December. The purpose of the event was to encourage Parliamentarians to take action and to raise awareness of the work of Amnesty International UK activists.
Attending the event were high profile politicians including Jeremy Corbyn, Ann Clwyd, David Lammy and Speaker of the House; John Bercow MP. Our students managed to have a brief chat with both Jeremy Corbyn and Ann Clwyd, who both happily posed for pictures with them.
As part of Hillview School for Girls’ ‘Amnesty International Youth Club’, our students were one of only two youth groups selected to attend the very intimate event. Maddie Checkley, Heather Maxwell, Melissa Bailey and Yasmine Malik attended along with their youth group leader and English teacher, Mrs Catherine Bishop. They were so enthused and felt so passionately about the events cause that they all came into school for 7am to undertake their mock exams before heading straight up to London for the 12.30 start time, something that Kaiser Chiefs’ Bassist Simon Rix was very impressed with.
Our students came away from the event feeling encouraged and inspired to make a difference. They will be continuing on from the event by supporting Amnesty by joining their ‘Write for Rights’ campaign. A campaign that encourages people to write a letter to those whose basic human rights are being attacked. Each year those letters make a real difference to people’s lives and our students are proud to be involved and continue that message forward.
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