On Wednesday 12 June, a delegation of 10 students represented the school and Amnesty International at the BRAVE campaign Youth Action for Human Rights Defenders.
Amnesty International has been raising awareness of courageous individuals and groups around the world who defend the most vulnerable, sometimes at great costs to themselves. These include women and children, the LGBTI community, people with disabilities, refugees and indigenous communities defending their communities against destructive practices by large corporations and governments. Year 12 students Jazmin Bartram, Heather Maxwell and Madelaine Checkley had a private briefing with Dame Karen Pierce, the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations and they discussed how the British government attempt to protect the Human Rights defenders around the world; she had particular insight into defending individuals in Afghanistan as she was the Ambassador after the war and had focused on supporting women in the country.
We also heard speeches from Rani Ali, a Syrian refugee who thanked us for our hospitality in Europe. She had wanted to train as a doctor but had to leave Syria as her city has been destroyed and has now been documenting the horrific journey she made to safety. The students were incredibly moved by her story and have asked her to visit Hillview. The other students attending were Emily Herriot-Sadler, Isobel McNab, Elise Casey, Phoebe Garner, Charlotte Ranson, Charlotte Bonney, and Sophie Jupp. The MPs and Amnesty staff were extremely complimentary about our fantastic students.
More photographs of the day can be viewed on Marie-Anne Photography.