November 13, 2009

Students create video human rights messages

You are invited to see future script writers, directors and on air presenters in action.  The Manitoba Human Rights Commission’s 2009 Youth Conferences Class Action: Rights Here, Rights Now, to be held in Winnipeg and Brandon next week, will be offering high school students the opportunity to make human rights video public service announcements.

Camera crews will be assembled and, during the afternoon activity session called Rights, Camera, Action! students will be conceptualizing, scripting, rehearsing, directing and recording their messages.

The project follows the Commission’s recently released public service announcements that are currently being aired on local television stations.

Students will be given a human rights topic, which will become the theme of their message.  They will be given less than an hour to work out a concept, to script and to rehearse their own public service announcements.  Camera crews will be set up in separate rooms to record their messages.  The PSA will be returned to the appropriate school to use as they wish; for their own human rights presentation or on the school website or on the Commission’s website.

Students involved in the on air presentation have signed release forms.

The Class Action conferences will also be acknowledging and celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  In 1989 the Convention made a number of promises to everyone under eighteen years old, including the right to childhood, to be educated, to be healthy, to be treaty fairly and to be heard.

The Class Action Rights Here Rights Now Human Rights Youth Conferences will take place in Winnipeg, Monday, November 16, 2009 at Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre, 5 de Bourmount Avenue and in Brandon on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at the Manitoba Agricultural Centre, 1129 Queens Avenue.

The conferences begin at 9:00 am, and the Rights Camera Action session begins at 12:30 pm.

For security reasons, all reporters who wish to attend the Winnipeg Conference at the Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre, must report to the school office for identification and visitor passes.

For more information, please contact:

Patricia Knipe
Communications Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission