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To write the Human Rights in 1001 schools

An international participatory project network about Human Rights and duties among human beings and towards the earth

1 December 2020
Year :
Since 2013
Location :
In Rio and cities in Brazil

TO WRITE THE HUMAN RIGHTS is a worldwide artistic project which includes a pedagogical method. It can be implemented on various scales: a  large subway station, on city walls, on a school wall, in museums, as urban furniture, in parks, and at home with families. 

TO WRITE THE HUMAN RIGHTS is to rethink the people’s social role and their participation to create a harmonious life between beings and the world. Through art, its purpose is to raise awareness of the rights and duties of human beings among themselves and for the earth. This project is accessible to all those who, by their enthusiasm and philosophy of hope, wish to become project leaders by sharing it and creating it with their friends, community, responsible institutions, teachers of their children’s schools, and collectives.

Why Brazil? Because Françoise Schein adopted her daughter in Brazil and built her first projects in Rio with the local population. Since then, two local teams have been established in Sao Paulo and Rio. They work with students and teachers to raise civic awareness. 

Since the creation of this project, we have improved our methods through practice in many of the schools we have worked with, which enabled us to create the Pedagogical Kits. In 2013, the judge of Rio Siro Darlan asked us to create this project in schools to enhance civic awareness of young people.

TO WRITE THE HUMAN RIGHTS is designed as 2 distinct and complementary projects:

1-The paper workshop :

It allows you to work with a large number of participants at no cost, as you only need paper and pencils. Several activities can result, including a contest and the selection of the best drawings.
See our pedagogical kit available for free access here

2-The ceramic workshop and design of a public artwork  :

If the project initiator seeks to create a perennial ceramic artwork and obtains public and/or private funding, Inscrire will organize a participatory workshop. The artwork is then installed permanently in public spaces. We usually organize the two workshops one after another, which allows us to reach a large number of participants.
Information available upon request by email


It is difficult to continue working on human rights with the actual government.  

Subway station Luz in São Paulo
We have built a huge project in this subway station dedicated to human rights and duties. We worked with more than 1000 students from the city’s peripheral and disadvantaged areas: São Carlos, Diadema, Jacana, Alvarendaga, Sapopemba, Butanta, Curuça, Anhagera, Paralheiros and the Pasteur High School of São Paulo.

Port area, Center of Rio
We are sponsored by the FDV where our workshops and offices are located. And we also support them because with their students we have built three artworks for the Foundation’s facade titled: “Educação, Dever, Sustentavel – Education, sustainable duty”, “Respeitar para ser Feliz – Respect to be happy” and “Educação é Liberdade – Education is freedom”.

Coelho Neto, North district
Se worked with 2 schools: E.M. Federico Fellini and E.M. Levy Neves to create 2 artworks displayed on the outside walls of these schools respectively entitled: Educação e arte é liberdade – Education and art are freedom and Educação é a rumo da liberdade – Education is on the way to freedom. 

Darcy Vargas Foundation
A panel inside the Foundation

Galeria dos Estados in Brasília
3 artworks were created with the 1000 students of 2 schools. A monumental panel at the exit of the Galeria dos Estados subway station and two small panels at the entrance of each school, E.M. Gisno in the North Island and CED11 da Ceilândia.

Nova Friburgo, Tourist Office
Se created the artwork “Belles Histoires” with the young people of the Alliance Française of the city. 

Maria de Graça, North Zone and Port Zone
Life in Rio de Janeiro at the time of Jean Baptiste Debret: This very special large artwork was created with young students from 3 municipal schools (E.M.Oswaldo Cruz, E.M.Jean Mermoz and E.M. Pace) and 6 graffiti artists (Afa, Aira, Gil, Lya Alves, Meton and Ral). The project is divided into two parts: an art column about human rights made by young students, and 11 paintings created by graffiti artists to illustrate Debret’s realistic paintings about the living conditions of black Brazilians in the 19th century. The project located in the recently renovated port area has real urban impact. In addition, students from these three schools created three works for their communities.

Senador Camará, West Zone of Rio
A queen has duties… What about you? The triptych was created by students of the E.M Rainha Fabiola School, which integrates students with physical disabilities. One of the artworks commemorates the Paralympic Games.

Degase on the Governor’s Island
Conhecimento Trans Formação – Knowledge TransFormation: Inscrire was called by the Judge for Children and Adolescents of Rio to work on Rights Issues in the Degas Institution, General Socio-Educational Department for the Rehabilitation of Juvenile Delinquents.

Jacarezinho, north district of Rio
Three artworks made with students from the Municipal School Vinicius de Moraes and E.M. Pernambuco.
54 children’s footprints on azulejos form a panel at the entrance to the Geralda de Jesus Aleixo Municipal Crib, with the title: “This is where the path of human rights begins!”. 

Morro da Providência, City Center
O Árvore da Providencia” – The Tree of Providence: we worked with the school Escola Municipale Padre Dr. Francisco da Motta. The project is at the entrance of a tramway built to connect the neighborhood to Rio’s Central Station. The artwork transforms the neighborhood map into an image of a tree whose leaves write the rights.

Morro da Conceição, City Center
a project created with the students of the Escola Sonja Kill Catholic School. The final colorful artwork enlightens the entrance of this historical and typical district of the old Rio.  

Caju, North district of Rio
Viver em Paz. Como? Morrer em Paz – Living in Peace. How to live in peace? Dying in Peace. Work created in partnership with the NGO Parceiros Brasil on conflict mediation issues in a very violent neighborhood. 

Coelho Neto, North district of Rio: We worked with 3 schools, E.M.General Osorio, E.M.Charles Anderson Weaver, and E.M.Monte Castelo, to create 3 artworks displayed in the neighborhood, beside the metro line and on the edge of the very popular Avenida Brasil.

City Center, E.M. V.Licinio Cardoso, Acredito nos direitos humanos – I believe in human rights
The project was created with the students of a special art-oriented municipal college: GEA, Ginásio Experimental das novas tecnologias Educacionais. It is the first project created by the Rio team led by Philippe Nothomb.


Patricia Acioli Award of the Magistrates’ Society of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017
— For all the work carried out by Inscrire in Brazil and around the world.

High Council for International Cooperation Award, Paris, France, 2000
— Association Inscrire, Vidigal project distinguished by the French Prime Minister.


André Couto
Philippe Nothomb
Moema Quintanilha
Ana Ignacio
Rita Anderaos
Dario Roitberg
Françoise Schein
Siro Darlan
Bertrand Dussauge
Eliziane Galiza
Malu França
Rachel Vargas


Parceiros Brasil
Belgium and French Consulates
Museo MAR
Every participating school
Many volunteers
Darcy Vargas Foundation 


They are different for each project
Many consulates in Brazil
Cities where the artworks are located
Rio Metro, Invepar
The European Commission
Porto Maravilhoso
The La Vallinière Foundation
Alliance Française
Many private companies


André Couto
Philippe Nothomb
Françoise Schein
Rita Anderaos
Ana Ignacio

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