Student puts human rights in the picture

Richmond River High School year eight student Cielle Marchal (left) with her prize winning poster and Bridget Barker from the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

Cielle Marchal said that peace and lesbians were the inspirations behind her prize-winning human rights poster, which has scored the year eight Richmond River High School student $200 cash.

Cielles poster will also be printed and distributed to all community legal centres in NSW and will be on display at events throughout the state.

The Combined Community Legal Centre Group, the peak body of NSW community legal centres, commissioned the poster competition, which was organised locally by the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

The brief given to local high schools was to design a poster that expressed the fundamental meaning of human rights and also promoted International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10.

While Cielles poster was the overall winner, Bridget Barker from the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre said the entries from Richmond River High School were of such a high standard that four other students were acknowledged for their efforts.

It was pretty obvious looking at all the entries that young people really care about human rights, peace and looking after other, said Bridget.

Cielles art teacher, Jacqueline Villiers, said the competition was much more than just an art project.

It wasnt just about painting the best picture, although my year eight students in particular are outstanding, said Jacqueline. What I was able to do was open up discussion about the wider world beyond Lismore, and why we need to have a Human Rights Day.


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