Meet Harvest, Laila and Usman, three recent graduates from the MA in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Studies, UCL. 

They were involved in the project helping the Young People contextualise Human Rights in their lives!

Laila said:

Working on the Young Rights project was a great way for me, as a human rights student, to support the group's exploration of rights issues in a creative way that both drew on heritage, and reflected the world around us. 
We began by breaking down human rights issues into the things in daily life that were not fair, both personally and in society as a whole. The next step was to ask why this was this way, and through facilitating conversations with the group we kept coming back to the judgement and misinformation that young parents face, and the types of barriers this can sometimes present. 

We then used several components of the art exhibition to explore individual identitity and also the group identity. Human rights begins from a fundamental baseline stating that all humans are equal and worthy of being treated with respect and dignity, it was great to see that these issues came out naturally in our discussions and art projects, and where possible I helped show the group the links between their ideas and convictions and human rights. 

For me human rights are about empowerment, and over the course of the project I really felt that the group began to own their ideas and grow more confident in their opinions. The final exhibition was a credit to all of their hard work, and we watched as audiences were moved by what they had to say about young rights today. 

Usman said:

I have done my internship with PAN Intercultural Arts from May to October 2012. 

I worked with Fortune group and my primary task was to visit Foundling Museum along with the group to get enough knowledge about the history of Museum, stories of children with human rights perspectives. We were briefed by the staff about of collection of different things in museum related to the children of Coram’s.

I tried to help the young people to understand the importance of the issues related to young people’s rights. I got the opportunity to discuss the meaning and relevance of these rights in the present life of those participants of fortune groups who are refugees or sought asylum in UK. Some of them came from war zones (Afghanistan & Iraq).
We prepared different questions about right to travel and right to play for a survey, then conducted interviews in Coram’s field with people from different backgrounds about their understanding of these rights.

I have been taking part in the rehearsals of a short drama along with young people of fortune group in which we highlighted the human right angle of the stories related to Coram’s field in its early times. 

On the other hand we made some songs to develop and sharpen the understanding of audience regarding human rights. This whole was performed in the Bloomsbury festival 2012 as a creative synthesis of the process and this project has been a very practical opportunity to animate a debate among the local community about human rights.