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Dr Miller raises awareness of Human Rights

04 February 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

A big thank you to Dr Susan Miller who visited college to talk to the Year 12 students in Learning for Life. Dr Miller spoke to the students about Amnesty International and the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its impact on the world today. It was extremely thought-provoking and covered areas such as privacy and modern slavery.

Ms Mannion, Lead Teacher for Careers, said: “Dr Miller is a very important partner to Richmond School and Sixth Form College and comes in on a regular basis to talk to students. Many of our students are interested in Law degrees and this helps them to gain an insight into how and why legislation was developed to protect individuals.”

Dr Miller talked about the Richmond School Values and linked these very clearly to British Values. The overview theme of the session was respect.

Dr Miller said: “I am always very pleased to come to the college to talk about Human Rights and the work of Amnesty International.   I feel it’s vitally important to understand what our Human Rights are, why they need protecting, and what we as individuals can do to help those whose rights may be being violated.  Education is important in both highlighting the global issues and showing how even small actions can have a real and positive impact.  Students are often at the forefront of change and many of the values and initiatives at Richmond School fit very well with the aims of Amnesty and other Human Rights organisations.”

Feedback from the students was extremely positive. They said that it was interesting to see the case studies and real stories uncovered by Amnesty International and that it made them more aware of the issues. They also remarked how Dr Miller included them in the presentation with the True/False questions. They found this very engaging as it helped them to learn.

Dr Miller left the students thinking about the Nelson Mandela quote “Education is the most important weapon which you can use to change the world”.

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