Get creative for human rights
This human rights education resource has been developed by Amnesty Ireland, with some of Ireland's leading artists, including Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, Seamus Heaney, Conor McPherson, and Christy Moore.
Chapters on drama, music, poetry, photography, film and visual art can be used in each subject or across disciplines. Each chapter includes the involvement of a leading figure in the field and has a range of lesson plans that can be used consecutively or independently.
Download the resource below:
- Chapter 1: Human Rights
- Chapter 2: Drama
Perform a play written by Roddy Doyle and then write your own.
- Chapter 3: Music
Learn about the anti-apartheid movement through protest songs, discover former child soldier and rap artist Emmanuel Jal and write a human rights inspired song.
- Chapter 4: Poetry
Explore human rights through the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Guantanamo Bay detainees, and Martin Neimoller.
- Chapter 5: Photography
Create a human rights inspired image, then consider disability rights through photographic imagery.
- Chapter 6: Film
Watch Amnesty film Child of Our Time, then create a 5 min human rights documentary.
- Chapter 7: Visual Arts
Discuss human rights in art through the work of Gilbert and George, Gillian Wearing and Dominic Thorpe, then express your own views about human rights through art.
Banners and Dragons is a practical guide to creative campaigning. Full of inspirational ideas for using crafts, performance and even food, to communicate human rights messages.