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Silverthorn CI shows the power of words as students “Write4Rights”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Staff and students at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute commemorated International Human Rights Day on December 10 by hosting the school’s very first “Write4Rights” event. The event was organized on behalf of the school’s “Social Justice Club” in cooperation with students representing Amnesty International Canada, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts international research on grave human rights abuses. Write4Rights sees students prepare handwritten letters about international human rights violations. These letters are then delivered to politicians, heads of state and governments across the globe. 

Sam Iskandar has been the principal at Silverthorn CI since 2011. “Our school is a strong supporter of social justice,” he said. “This campaign presents another opportunity for us to show how we can help others and raise awareness about important issues of the day. Write4Rights encourages students to use the power of words to help bring about the release of those who have been wrongfully detained and to influence world leaders to protect human rights.” 

Student organizer Kayvan founded the Amnesty International initiative at Silverthorn with the intention of informing his peers about the human rights violations transpiring throughout the world, and more importantly, their ability to exercise their rights as Canadian citizens.

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