This past December, I attended the United Nations Conference on Human Rights with 15 other Friends students and others from schools across the nation, and even some schools in other countries.
During the conference, we explored many different human rights issues, such as girls’ education, environmental sustainability, and child mortality. The conference provided each of the students in attendance with a greater knowledge of human rights issues and how the UN and organizations such as Amnesty International work to eradicate these problems. After being supplied with a solid foundation of knowledge regarding these issues, we broke up into focused groups to work on proposals.
I believe that educating students on human rights issues that face the world today is extremely important because we are capable of being active catalysts for change in our community and in the world if given the tools to succeed.
This conference allowed me to explore my interest in the human rights issue of girls’ education and to collaborate with others who share similar interests and goals.