“Thank you for creating an environment where human rights came to life, leaving a lasting impression on all of us.” – Ms Behdad
At the end of November, Brockton’s Grade 6 students hosted the 7th annual Human Rights Museum. The museum, part of their Individuals & Societies curriculum, is an opportunity for students to explore subjects that challenge and inspire them and is one of the first milestones for the Grade 6s in the IB Middle Years Programme.
As a part of their study into the statement of inquiry, ‘systems of power impact equal access to opportunities,’ the classes learnt about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and instances where people’s human rights have been or continue to be violated. Students reflected on various factors that impact the quality of life for people across the globe and chose a topic they would explore further.
Students researched a wide range of topics, including child labour in the mining industry, the women’s suffrage movement, poverty in Canada, and the pay gap. An essential part of their research was into the role of upstanders in the various humanitarian efforts being organized around the world. The class reflected on how they, too, can be upstanders in their day-to-day lives.
To display their insights and findings, students created dynamic interactive exhibits. They invited guests from across the Brockton community to visit the museum, engage in thoughtful conversation, and share in the class’ understanding of these complex issues. Some extra special guests from the North Vancouver School District and the BC Commission of Human Rights also attended – thank you, Kulvir, Emily and Leora!
Thank you also to Ms Sing and Ms MacRae for guiding these students through their research journeys. A huge congratulations to the entire Grade 6 cohort for such a successful exhibit – we’re grateful for the opportunity to learn from these passionate young upstanders!