Friendship Week – Amnesty International

Friendship week

Join Friendship Week – Amnesty International – from 30th March to 3rd April 2020.

Friendship Week is Ireland’s largest primary school, human rights education and fundraising initiative. Over 20,000 children are involved in the event each year and the number keeps growing. Even though schools are closed at the moment in many countries. Now more than ever we need to stay connected and support each other. 

Where your money goes:

  • €60 can help fund a caseworker for a particularly vulnerable LGBTI refugee.
  • €250 can help get our researchers into countries crisis zones like Syria
  • €800 can help launch a worldwide urgent action appeal for a prisoner of conscience at risk of torture or ill-treatment in prison.

What do you understand by friendship?

Something within us compels us to live in society with others. We are naturally bound to form relationships with other people. What can we say about the social associations we make? What does their nature say about us? According to Aristotle, there are three types of friendships: those based on utility, those based on pleasure or delight, and those grounded in virtue.

1. Friendship based on utility:

These relationships are the most common.

  • My mechanic is my friend because it benefits me when my car is in the shop. And vice versa; I am his friend because he wants my business.
  • My coworker is my friend because the workday would be more painful if he were not.

2. Friendship for the sake of sensual pleasure:

While sexual and other physical types of pleasure are included in this group, so is general pleasure or delight.

  • The crazy guy who is a friend because he’s hilarious.
  • The person you’ve been hooking up with or a drinking buddy.
  • The people on your intramural soccer team.

3. Friendship grounded in virtue or fully-developed friendship:

In contrast to the self-centred relationships described above, this type completes the intended purpose of Friendship. Its participants necessarily share a set of values and principles of an irreducibly moral nature: A wants for B what is good for B for the sake of B. This is an essentially selfless relationship. Moreover, it is a constructive relationship. Each friend, reveres and honours and; therefore, sustains, encourages, nurtures, supports, and celebrates what the other is and can become. Temporally, these relationships are not bound by maintenance of utility or pleasure but are sustainable over a lifetime.

Therefore, despite our particular shortcomings, if we bring disciplined, selfless love to our relationships, we could all be members of the worthy third group.

How does Friendship Week work:

Friendship Bracelets

This initiative raises money for Amnesty International by the sale of Friendship bracelets for €2 each. You choose how many bracelets you want to sell and we send those to you along with your pack. Click here.

Online Resources

These include our Welcoming Communities toolkit and other resources designed and piloted by practising primary school teachers for use in the primary classroom.

Qatar 2022 extra resource

We have an added bonus resource this year with a cross-cultural human rights resource for 5th and 6th classes based on the upcoming World Cup in Qatar 2022. The resource pack encourages pupils to engage in deep and reflective learning about an issue that is current and relevant.

Connecting with communities

One of our initiatives for 2020 is connecting children with families who are new to Ireland. 

More resources

  • Check out these short films about refugees, recommended by Amnesty International’s human rights education network.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) lists 30 human rights that belong to all people. You can download a copy of these for your classroom here.
  • The United Nations Convention also set up a human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children. Download a copy of this for your classroom here.


Thank you for signing up to Friendship Week – Amnesty International!

If you have any questions or special requests, please contact us at or call 01 8638300.

We hope you have a fantastic Friendship Week!

Amnesty International

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