8) Self-Advocacy Skill Workshop

Rights and Responsibilities Quilt

To practice demonstrating self-advocacy skills, students can each create a square that represents a right or a responsibility in which these squares will be combined to form a quilt. After combining all the pieces of squares done by each individual student, the teacher can hang the quilt in the hallway to raise awareness of children’s right. It sends a powerful message to students to self-advocate for what is best for them. Through the work of art, students can self-advocate for the rights and responsibilities they entitle.

Briefing the students:

Prior to this collective art project, teachers should introduce to the students the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Teachers should interactively discuss with the students what each right and responsibility means. In addition, teachers should ensure students fully understand each rights and responsibilities by providing examples and scenarios for them to comprehend.

Materials needed:

  • Copies of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Squares of felt paper
  • Velcro
  • Cloth pins
  • Construction papers / plain white papers
  • Markers / foam stickers / glitters

Procedure:

  1. Brief the students on the Convention on the Rights of the Child *attached on the next page is a list of provisional rights that students might want to draw about*
  2. Each student is given a medium size square of felt paper and a piece of construction paper to draw on.
  3. Give time to students to select the right or responsibility they wish to represent
  4. Students design their square for the quilt on the construction paper or the plain white paper using markers and decorations
  5. Teachers connect all the students’ square by using cloth pins
  6. Hang it outside of the classroom’s hallway

Click here to download a list of provisional rights for the quilt

Reference: “Teaching Children’s Rights Through Art  Grade 1-6” (http://www.acgc.ca/09/images/file/resources/R1-RightsThruArts.pdf) By: UNICEF (ACGC – Alberta Council for Global Cooperation)

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