Our Human Rights: Highgate Students Express Opinions through Art

Our Human Rights: Highgate Students Express Opinions through Art

Highgate Secondary students participated in a project in Human Rights. Young people looked at history of HR and explored various forms of social activism such as music, drama and visual arts. A group of multi- talented students, some of whom have never painted before, created a colorful mural on the wall of their multicultural school. Through powerful and bright images, students voiced their opinions on the right to free expression and religion, protection of children against violence, diversity and equality. Well done to All young artists! Special thanks to Voukan, Robyn, Ana, Salma, Liza, Alexis, Laura, Quillermo for their ideas and creative contributions. Thanks to all the teachers and parents who supported this unique project.

"I had fun doing the mural... even when it was hot, when the flies were so annoying! Of course, it was hard drawing and painting on the wall. Sometimes we had a trial, called conflict, but we managed to overcome this and finish the art work!" Liza Year 8
 

"I felt doing this was a very connecting experience with my friends and to make Hurman Right awareness more public. This was also to say that Highgate cares about Human Rights." Alexis Year 9
 
"My experience in doing the project was positive. I loved drawing the flowers and painting them. The painting reflects my feelings, personality and culture. I also think that when other people come to visit our school, they will see the mural with bright colours and feel welcome." Laura Year 8

"Although working under the hot sun for many hours was very tiring, I enjoyed it a lot. I had an oppportunity to work creatively with my friends. Letting out my emotions through art and painting for the first time... was rewarding. It was a new experience. It was fun!
The woman, with only her eyes shown from under the purple veil, symbolises how she is judged by the society because of apperance and religion. The message conveyed through this image is that we should try to see what is "behind the mask" in other humans. The rain drops on top of the woman represent mercy from God. She is also holding a heart showing that her intentions are pure." Salma, Year 8
 

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