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Everyone, my name is Miss Patel, and welcome back to our RHE unit called, All Around Us.

Where we get to learn lots about ourselves, each other and the communities that we live in.

Now that you have been elected the Mayor of Oak Town, it's your responsibility to represent our town and help to improve the lives of its constituents.

These are the people who elected you to become Mayor.

Now today is a very exciting day because it's your first official duty.

Today, you will understand the rights we have as human beings and advocate these to schoolchildren in your town.

To advocate something means to publicly show support for it, which is exactly what you'll be doing today.

So by the end of this lesson, you will understand what human rights are, you'll explore the rights that we have as human beings, you'll create a poster demonstrating human rights and as always, your parents or carers will be able to share your work with us on social media.

So before we start, let's take a look at what we'll need for this lesson.

In this lesson, you'll need a pen or a pencil and some colouring pencils, you'll need some paper and you'll need to work in your office or any quiet space will do.

If you're missing any of these items, press the pause button now and press play again when you're ready to continue.

This is what our lesson will look like today.

We'll begin by talking about what human rights are, We'll discuss what rights we have, I'll talk you through today's task, and I'll show you what a good one looks like.

Before we talk about human rights, let's dial it back a little bit and look at the word, rights.

So what are rights? Now I've defined rights as those things that a person is morally or legally entitled to have.

The word morally refers to right or wrong behaviour.

And the word legally means by law.

So if we look at that definition as a whole, rights are those things that person should have because one, it's the correct thing to do, and two, the law supports it.

But if you cast your minds back to the beginning of the lesson, it was titled, "I have a dream." Now this was a really famous line from a public speech that was delivered by this man on the screen.

Do you recognise him? His name is Martin Luther King Junior.

And he was a brilliant civil rights activist.

This means he fought for people's rights.

In particular, he wanted to end racism in America.

He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, for all of his peaceful protesting.

I've included a quote by him too, which says, "a right delayed is a right denied." This means that by getting a right at a later time, is the same as being stopped from having this right at all.

Do you agree with him? I think that's a really powerful thing to say.

Now that we know what rights are, we can shift our focus to human rights.

Now after world war two ended in 1945, millions of people lost their lives and millions more were driven from their homes.

This means they lost their homes or had to leave them behind.

So the leaders of the world realised they needed to do something.

So they set up an organisation called the United Nations.

This is the flag that represents them.

They created this organisation because they wanted to stop wars from happening, and they wanted to create a better world for everybody.

One of their first jobs was to draw up a list of human rights that belong to every single person in the world.

They call this the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The world's government promised to tell everybody about them and protect them.

So nobody can take these rights away from you.

But these are just a few of the rights that we have.

We were born free and equal, and we should treat others in the same way.

We all have the right to our own thoughts and to believe in any religion.

We have the right to access education, and to earn a decent living standard.

That means that we should have access to food, to clothing, to shelter or housing, and for medical help if we're poorly.

We have the right to life and to be free and to feel safe.

And finally, we have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights.

These rights were written up to protect us, and nobody can take these rights or freedoms away from us.

Now as the Mayor of Oak Town, you want to ensure that you encourage the people in your town to learn and think about the human rights they're entitled to.

So today, your task is to create a poster highlighting the human rights and the importance of them.

This is a good example of what you could do.

You can talk about how they came about, who protects them and created them, and of course I'd love to see some examples of the rights that we have.

I really hope you got to think about all the rights that we have, and you take a moment to be grateful for one of the rights that you have.

If you'd like to, you can ask your parents or carers to share your work with us on social media.

I'd love to see your human rights posters.

Don't forget to have a go at the quiz.

And I'll see you again really soon.

Bye bye.