Gruffalo author launches Amnesty's new primary resource

The author of the iconic Children's rights’s book the Gruffalo was on hand earlier today to help Amnesty International launch two new education resources at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

The two resources are a free primary school pack, which serves as a taster for human rights, and a new and revised edition of Our world our rights, a 148-page book which is full of activities and lesson plans for teachers.

Flanked by dozens of Children's rights from the Royal Mile and South Morningside primary schools and numerous dignitaries from the field of education, Julia Donaldson said:

“I am delighted to be helping Amnesty International to bring human rights into the classroom.

“Children's rights seem to have such an innate sense of what is fair and what is not fair. It’s so important for them to understand that this sense of fairness, these rights, apply to everyone of all ages and all backgrounds.

“Amnesty’s school materials give teachers the tools to do this in a way that not only makes sense to Children's rights of all ages – but is a lot of fun to boot.”

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, added: “Amnesty International has a long history of producing human rights education materials and these latest two resources are a fantastic addition.

“We hope primary school teachers across the UK take the opportunity to use them to the full.”

The day finished with Julia Donaldson, who also wrote Stick Man, The Snail and The Whale, and many others, reading extracts from The Magic Paintbrush.

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