Lift Off: Introducing Human Rights Education within the Primary Curriculum


‘Lift Off’ is part of a comprehensive human rights education programme for primary schools. This resource promotes and supports human rights education for 3rd and 4th classes (Republic of Ireland) and Primary 4 and 5 (Northern Ireland). It introduces the language of rights in a child-friendly and age-appropriate manner.  

The character of ‘Croc’, a visitor from another planet who is trying to find out how human beings live, is used as a tool to facilitate and structure each lesson, to provide focus for the children’s explorations and to engage children in questioning and problem solving.

Author: Gerard Barrett Jennifer Campbell Ann Marie Kealy Michael Killcrann Jacquie White

Publisher: Amnesty International

Year: 2003

Pages: 64

Country of Origin: Ireland

Keywords: Resource pack, lesson plans, child-centred, children as active participants, the voice of the child, individual learning, collaborative learning, whole class learning, reflection, circle time, role-play, artwork, ICT, human rights respecting whole school and classroom environments, cross-curricular approach, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, classroom ethos and practice, links with other schools, rights and responsibilities, rights in conflict, equality, refugees, human rights promoters, human rights defenders.

Target Audience: 5-8 years Junior Primary

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Craft and Design Drama English Geography History Mathematics Religious Education Social Personal and Health Education

Available Formats: Activity Pack

Tags: Amnesty Art Human Rights Primary

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A copy of the resource was sent to every Primary School in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Additional hardcopies of the resource can be purchased from Amnesty International Ireland for €15 per copy. Contact 018638300 /

The resource can be downloaded for free by following the link above to Amnesty International Ireland’s website.


Each of the ten lessons in this resource has a theme and a keyword which provide a focus for the lesson. Learning objectives outline the knowledge, attitudes and skills that are developed during each lesson. A list of necessary resources is provided along with posters and worksheets.  An ‘introductory activity’ to set the scene is described followed by a ‘development activity’ to extend and deepen children’s understanding, attitudes and skills in relation to the lesson theme and keyword. An optional extension activity is offered to extend the learning into other curricular areas.

Big Ideas

The key learning objectives targeted in ‘Lift Off’ are:

  • An appreciation of the uniqueness and diversity of human beings.
  • To distinguish between and understand the characteristics of needs, wants and rights.
  • An appreciation that with rights come responsibilities.
  • Development of an understanding of and familiarity with the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
  • An exploration of the right to a home.
  • An exploration of rights in conflict.
  • An appreciation and understanding of human rights promoters and defenders.

Suggested Uses

For use with 8 – 10 year old children to introduce and explore human rights issues.

For use as the second resource in the LIFT OFF Initiative, a comprehensive human rights education programme that aims to promote a whole school approach to human rights education.

For use as part of Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) or Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU) Curriculum at primary level.

Further Reading

Further resources in the LIFT OFF Initiative:

  • The Right Start (4  - 7 year olds)
  • Me, You, Everyone (9 – 11 years)

Other Info

‘Suas Linn’, an Irish language version of this resource, is also available.
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