Falinge Park High School is working with the Robert F Kennedy Foundation!


During his campaign for presidency, Robert Kennedy committed to fighting injustice when and wherever he saw it. He embraced the Civil Rights movement and was an advocate for human rights for all. It is said he gave the best speech every written in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King. His daughter is continuing his human rights work through the RFK Foundation. We have been asked to work with them as a school to develop human rights education and to be involved in their international human rights festival in 2021.

The project is called “Ripples of hope” because as Kennedy famously said ““Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” During tutor time each day pupils have been learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thinking critically about where and why injustice exists in the world and how we can send out “Ripples of hope” into those situations.

As a school community we are learning to be more kind, compassionate and empathetic towards each other, our local community and our global community. Students are learning vocabulary linked to human rights and learning to engage in meaningful dialogue. Pupils are keen to put their learning into practice and are looking forward to supporting local community projects and sending out our own ripples of hope.

More information about the work that the RFK Foundation does can be found here.

They are also on Twitter and Instagram @RFKHumanRights