How Do We All Live Together? We Are All Born Free

Focus: Moral Development

Rationale

To promote moral understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and the way that we all have a duty to uphold the rights of others.

Learning Objective

To learn about human rights and how we all have a duty to take care of one another’s rights.

  •  Show the seven-minute video by Amnesty, produced to introduce the concept of rights and responsibilities. Available in Resources. Ask the children to talk to the person next to them about which scene from the video they liked the best and why.
  • Explain that ‘We Are All Born Free’ is a book based on the 30 Rights outlined in the ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and that many famous artists have contributed towards the illustrations in the book.  David Tennant from Doctor Who has written the introduction.  If you have a copy of the book ‘We Are All Born Free’, show the final picture of an illustration of some characters trying to carry a box labelled ‘fragile’ to a tower in the distance.
  • Explain that the 30 Rights depicted in the book belong to us all and that journey to ensure that that everyone is able to enjoy all their rights is difficult but important.
  • Suggest a group of pupils or adults carry a large cardboard box labelled fragile to illustrate the picture and concept in the book.  When they are able to safely open the box they could unpack objects to represent the different rights, for example a  first aid kit (health), a football (relax), a book and pencil (education), pillow (rest), beliefs (holy books), a toy airplane (leave country)…

 Songs

‘Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around’ – available on www.singup.org

‘I am a- travelling on the road to freedom’ – part of the Bigsing

‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone’ – available on www.singup.org

 Reflection or Prayer (depending on your school policy)

The Lion Book of 1,000 Prayers for Children 

“When I have to choose between right and wrong help me make the right choice and give me peace in my heart…. Do unto others as you would have them do for you.”

“When I see someone in trouble, May I know when to stop and help, And when to hurry to fetch help, But may I never pass by, Pretending I did not see.”

“I am only I, but I’m still someone.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  Just because I cannot do everything does not give me the right to do nothing.”  (Motto from an Amish school in Pennsylvania)