This year marks the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration is a powerful document, which begins by acknowledging; “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Dignity. Rights. Freedom. Justice. Peace. These are all aspects of humanity that are to be protected and respected, and yet we know they are often still violated. The Declaration of Human Rights has made tremendous strides in ensuring human rights are protected, and organizations like “Global Dignity” are helping even the youngest of learners do their part in making certain that everyone is able to live a life of dignity.
Students at Beaconhouse have participated in ‘Global Dignity Day” initiatives since 2012, where they have had opportunities to engage in global dialogue with students from around the world in meaningful dialogue and to appreciate and celebrate small everyday acts that contributed to global dignity.
Today’s youth will become future leaders, change agents, and role models that will move our world forward. It is up to us, to help them step into those roles with compassion, understanding, and tolerance for all human beings. The Dignity project will therefore build on students’ previous learning by developing a deeper understanding of the principles of Dignity, the importance of the universal values of dignity, and to empower students to recognize their own inherent dignity, and respect the equal worth of all others.