Speak Truth to Power
At St. Anne’s, we believe that the education that we provide education should prepare our students to make a valuable contribution to the world of their future. We are therefore extremely proud to participate in a human rights education programme that strives to create a global citizenry dedicated to the highest standards of justice and equality.
For the last three years, it has been a huge privilege for the Bachillerato pupils at St Anne’s School to have been chosen to take part in this internationally recognized human rights education programme organized by Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and working with teachers from the Centre for International Studies here in Madrid. This is the first time that this programme has been taught in Spain, and we are very excited to be the pioneers of this scheme.
The course consists of one hour per week during all the school year. Each week these classes engage the students in debate and discussion of human rights issues through history and in current times. In June, the students receive a certificate stating that they have successfully completed the course.
The Speak Truth To Power curriculum, based on the UN’s principles of human rights education, aims to engage students through the stories of human rights heroes. It encourages curiosity, fosters independent, disciplined thinking and strives to train the next generation to right wrongs in their classrooms, communities, countries and beyond.
“Speak Truth To Power” evolved from Kerry Kennedy’s book entitled “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World” which is now printed in seven languages. Featuring interviews with more than 50 human rights defenders -“heroes every one,” in Nelson Mandela’s words - the book is a remarkable tribute to the human spirit.
Ms Kennedy’s inspiration for setting up the program came from some words spoken by her father, Robert F Kennedy, in his famous “ripple of hope” speech in 1966:
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
The photo on the left shows Miss Kerry Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F Kennedy and founder of the RFK Foundation, speaking in our Bachillerato Department to our students during her visit to St. Anne’s School in 2016.
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