One special occasion took place recently, when a parent at our school facilitated a collaboration with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Switzerland, enabling us to house a one-month exhibition of exquisite portraits of human rights activists, as photographed by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams.
The exhibition was incorporated into lessons as a catalyst to stimulate timely social-awareness projects and discussions in the different classes, and was also made available to our families to view.
Furthermore, in conjunction with the exhibit, we had the honor of hosting unique opening and closing events in the form of human rights awareness presentations by two high-profile individuals. The first was an inspiring talk by Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation, fervent human rights advocate and author of numerous books, including "Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World".
Our second important guest was Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Dr. Ramos-Horta, former president of East Timor and long-time activist for peace and human rights, a humble man with much experience, insight and wisdom. Both talks were well-received by our visibly riveted audiences, who asked many engaged questions and in turn received uplifting and wise answers.
Q & A with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Ramos-Horta
"What do you think the world can do now to prevent future wars?"
• "Non-violence begins with the quality of a country’s leadership."
• "Let people know when their behavior is not acceptable – that’s possible to do."
• "Make this school an incredible model of living peacefully together."
"What can we do to help? What is your advice for us young people?"
• "Study hard, very hard, and be the best that you can be.
• "Think also of the less fortunate."
• "Never give up!"