How can we use our Spanish voice to inform the world of human rights causes?


Project Overview

Over the year, students were immersed in what human rights means in the 21st century and what makes a meaningful campaign, both in English and Spanish. They researched human rights abuses in Spanish speaking countries, as well as looking into the issues faced by the Latin American community in Newham, and created a campaign around their chosen cause.  


In each campaign, pupils worked collaboratively to produce the following bilingual campaign material:

  • A pitch

  • A campaign leaflet

  • A campaign letter

  • Memes

  • A website

  • A petition published on 38 degrees

Working alongside organisations such as Redlines and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), in the summer term pupils staged a Human Rights Day of Action. Pupils travelled across London to launch their campaigns at targeted locations. Pupils had to engage with members of the public to inform and persuade, deliver campaign letters to key stakeholders and perform their media stunt which involved the use of advanced English and Spanish oracy skills.


What the student says

'It is so important young people get involved so things don't just happen to them' - Tomas

'People say that young people just care about themselves. This is just not true'

- Saadiyah

Key knowledge

  • To develop their confidence as both speakers of English and Spanish (bilingual oracy)

  • To understand and explore the concept of human rights

  • To explore campaigning

What the teacher says:

"This project was a fantastic opportunity to provide pupils with an authentic cause and audience in which to develop their Spanish speaking skills. Emphasising to pupils that they have a voice, in more than one language, that can be used to change the world around them for the better was a humbling experience. Working alongside human rights organisations and campaign workers from each of our campaigns allowed the students to produce an end product that was both meaningful and far beyond the standards one would normally expect from year 8 pupils. "

Ms Palladino