On May 22nd, students from Iona Prep's Human Rights Club had the chance to meet and discuss human rights issues with students from Edmund Rice Christian Brother partner school Colegio Cardenal Newman in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thanks to 21st-century technology, no traveling was needed, as students utilized the internet to discuss these issues via a video conference.
Prior to the video conference, students from both schools researched the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and identified specific rights that are being violated in their respective home country. Iona Prep students researched a number of rights, but ultimately decided to research and discuss Article 3 (the right to life, liberty and security) and Article 26 (the right to education), while students from Newman researched Article 5 ( the right to be free from torture). The conference began with Newman students discussing torture in their home country of Argentina, particularly related to the abuses of Article 5 from torture that occured during the Falklands War. Students from Iona Prep spoke to their Argentine counterparts about the broken education system in the United States, and the lack of funding and opportunities that students in poor communities face, particularly students of color. Students had the opportunity to question their counterparts to learn more about the situations surrounding human rights and to learn more about pertinent issues in the United States and Argentina.
The groups plan on conferencing again in the near future. A large thank you to Guillermo Bullrich, the Advocacy Coordinator for the Edmund Rice Christian Brother Latin America Region, and to Iona Prep Human Rights Club’s co-moderators, Mrs. Christine Chana and Mrs. Patricia Gray for helping to organize and facilitate the event.