Richard Hughes, drummer with the hugely popular British band Keane, was on hand to help pupils at Harris Academy Crystal Palace launch Amnesty International.
“It is great to encourage pupils to grasp the opportunity to learn about events and issues outside their own sphere of experience. The pack has helped develop their views and you could see clearly that it went down really well.”
Tom Fyans, Amnesty International UK’s head of campaigns, who was also present at the launch, added: “Amnesty has a very strong commitment to education and helping teachers. Human rights have an important part to play in a child’s education.
“All Amnesty’s education resources use real-life case studies to help bring to life global issues. We strive to provide a balanced approach and encourage pupils to develop, challenge and inform their own opinions.”
The pack contains a script for a short play, presentations and lesson plans to inspire young people – aged 14 plus – to learn more about real events around the world and real people facing the reality of the death penalty.
It also includes films featuring Jeremy Irons, Sister Helen Prejean and Mirza Tahir Hussain, a British man who spent 18 years on death row in Pakistan.
Amnesty International has a wide-range of education resources available for teachers to download and use in the classroom at www.amnesty.org.uk/education.