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Mr. Gardner from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Human Rights Photo Documentary

My students need 20 copies (one for each research group) of 20 page photo books produced by Apple's iPhoto program. Books will document their human rights neighborhood research projects in professional quality.

  • $521 goal

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Every day I have the fortune of walking into a classroom that reflects the amazing diversity of San Francisco. The school at which I teach draws students from every single zip code in the city and the result is a rich diversity of voices, minds, and hearts reflecting experiences from a myriad of cultures, languages, socio-economic backgrounds, and life paths. For the final exhibition project of their high school careers, students are asked to work in groups to analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then go into their communities and assess the real-life situation utilizing the lens of one of the Articles of the UDHR. Building on Paulo Freire's concept of "reading the word and the world", students will turn their attention to becoming more "literate" about the human rights situations in their communities. This knowledge will in turn prepare them to be critical thinkers as they embark on the next step in their lives (which for most will be college). It will also give them a solid foundation for understanding and representing the place they come from to the rest of the world. One aspect of the project asks students to document what the human rights situation (according to a single Article of the UDHR) LOOKS like in their communities through photography as well as writing. Students will then publish photo essays representing their findings. For this project, I am asking for support in funding the publication of these photo essays in the form of highly professional books. These books will be exhibited at a culminating presentation to families and community members. In introducing students to this unit on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we read a short essay from, "The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights" by Olivia Ball and Paul Gready. In the essay, the authors elucidate the paradox of human rights as being the fact that "human rights were never more widely accepted or grossly violated than in the 20th century." My hope is that this project will help my students to understand the concreteness of human rights in their own lives - not just as a concept external to themselves, but as a force that acts on our lives every day and everywhere. Only beginning from that place of understanding can students truly take the next step of acting as agents of (positive) change in the world, for themselves, their families, their communities, and for all people in their universe of obligation.

Mr. Gardner
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Apple Photo Book • Apple $19.99 20 $399.80

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