Hampshire Equality and Rights Advocates (EARA) are a group of students from secondary schools across the county who work collaboratively to promote equality and child rights in their schools, based on the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act and the UNCRC. They present to students, teachers, governors and parents in their school communities and come together once a term to share their work and discuss ways forward. The group have designed a badge which unites them together.
PowerPoints and materials presented are circulated following the meeting and can be used by the network in their schools. For example, one school wanted to challenge the use of the word gay and also challenged staff to deal with any language if they hear it. They asked staff to sign a pledge. They are an active student voice group in their schools, which supports Article 12 of the UNCRC which says that children and young people have the human right to have opinions and for these opinions to matter.
The group also presented at the Rights Respecting Education Conference and the recent Anti-Bullying conference. The wish is to spread this initiative to a wider audience and include other secondary schools. If you would like to become involved, please contact Michelle Nye email@example.com or Minnie Moore firstname.lastname@example.org.
These resources have been produced by the students of the EARA group. Please feel free to use:
Equality assembly - with thanks to Fernhill School
Diversity assembly - with thanks to Fernhill School
HEARA Group presentation - with thanks to Saint George's Catholic College
Equality and Rights Group presentation - with thanks to Horndean Technical College
Challenging homophobic language - a presentation for use by staff
Gay rights presentation - Stonewall
HEARA Group presentation on gender inequality - with thanks to Saint George's Catholic College
Hampshire Pride and rainbow mufti day presentation - with thanks to Eggars school
Sexual harassment presentation - with thanks to Eggars school
World Thinking Day and Fairtrade awareness presentation - this is a recent assembly that the EARA students from Fernhill School led which has had a major impact in terms of Fairtrade awareness and the canteen now selling Fairtrade bananas as well as using Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar. The reason it is titled 'World Thinking Day' is that the EARA students were asked to tie it in with this.
Sexual harassment presentation
LGBT workshop - with thanks to Saint George's Catholic College
HEAR assembly - with thanks to Saint George's Catholic College