5th February 2016 at 00:00

Pupils’ passion for human rights

Alison Struthers is correct to emphasise the importance of human rights education in schools (“Human rights ‘a hot potato’ for teachers, expert warns”, Insight, 8 January). Law in Action, a student-led initiative at the University of Glasgow, has been working on an innovative human rights education project in partnership with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (

We carry out interactive sessions that allow secondary school pupils to familiarise themselves with the key principles of human rights law while developing an understanding of the European Court of Human Rights. Our tutors, who are undergraduate law students or recent graduates, seek to ensure that the next generation realise the importance of the rights and freedoms that they have.

Human rights are particularly important for our young people. Without them, pupils wouldn’t have the right to education, the right to protection from abuse or the right to respect for their opinions. We should celebrate these rights. It is disappointing to read that some teachers think that children have “too many”. Human rights education can promote equality, multiculturalism and tolerance. A passion for human rights is thriving amongst Scottish pupils, and should be encouraged by all schools.

Meghan Devine

Law student at the University of Glasgow

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