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Newsletter - June 2017

29 May 2017
Newsletter - June 2017

Building peaceful communities on Human Rights Day

By Liso Madikane

On Human Rights Day, 21 March, the Restoring Humanity team planned, organised and implemented the Human Rights Day at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchell’s Plain in the Western Cape. A total of 93 participants and 17 facilitators, including the co-facilitators, attended the event. The young people that were present came from all the areas the Restoring Humanity team works with. These areas include Masiphumelele, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Langa, Excelsior, Mamre, Atlantis and Mfuleni.

The theme for the day was Building Peaceful Communities. We played the clips about the events that occurred on Sharpeville Day, where people died fighting for the rights that all South African citizens are benefiting from today.

Participants were divided into small groups, where they discussed the clip and also what human rights mean to them on a personal level. The groups then developed the adverts on how to build peaceful communities and stop the bullying in schools and the communities. Each small group had a chance to make a three-minute clip, and at the end of the day show their adverts to the whole group.

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