The SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER (STTP) educational program was created by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation (RFKHR) in the year 2000, and is based on a book by Kerry Kennedy, the president of the foundation.
The book itself is centered around 50 interviews that she conducted over the course of two years with defenders of Human Rights and Social Justice in more than 40 countries.
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation was created in 1984 by family members and friends of the former US senator to carry on his legacy, as well as to promote ideals that were ever-present during his life: a search for universal peace, social justice, and of course, to advocate for Human Rights in the US, and around the world.
To carry on Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy, as well as to promote ideals that were ever-present during his life.
The objective of this program is to provoke a greater sense of social consciousness among students who participate, and to do it through the examination, exploration, and discussion of real cases of Human Rights Defenders from varying contexts and walks of life, in addition to helping to inspire the students themselves to become local Human Rights Defenders within their own communities.
The goal of the STTP program is to foster a greater respect for Human Rights and justice, and a greater sense of social responsibility in order to help to build a peaceful and respectful society.
- The Program is designed for students ranging from elementary school through high school.
- Students who benefit directly from this program are between the ages of eight, and 18.
- The educational curriculum includes real-life cases based on interviews that Kerry Kennedy conducted in varying countries and settings.
- The curriculum for the course includes extensive classroom discussion, individual and group work, as well as development of possible initiatives involving social action.
The objective of this program is to provoke a greater sense of social consciousness among students, in addition to helping to inspire the students themselves to become local Human Rights Defenders.
Students gain greater social awareness through the study of real cases of human rights defenders in their fight for varying social causes, as well as exposure to new ideas to help them to become human rights defenders in their own environment.
The program is supported financially by the Caixa Foundation.