WA Programs for Schools

WA Yolande Frank Art Awards

The Yolande Frank Art Awards are competitions for WA students in primary schools (years 4 to 6) and secondary schools (years 7 to 9 and years 10 to 12). We have conducted these awards annually since 2010 in memory of Yolande Frank, an outstanding member who died in 2009. A Holocaust survivor, Yolande held a passion to ensure that children understood about universal human rights.

The awards promote the importance of human rights education. Students use any art medium to communicate the meaning and importance of a selected human right.

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View some of the previous winning entries here.



Selected Human Rights

2019 Primary School Award (Years 4 to 6)

Education should develop each child’s personality and talents to the full. It should encourage
children to respect their parents, their cultures and other cultures.

(United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 29)

Click here for the complete UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Click here for a simplified version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

2019 Lower Secondary School Award (Years 7 to 9)

The law should guarantee human rights and allow everyone to respect others and be respected. We have duties to our communities.

(Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 29)
Click here for the complete Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Click here for a plain language version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2019 Upper Secondary School Award (Years 10 to 12)

Changing the World — 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Click on the following links (to items in the Education Resources Bank) for information on the historical significance of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948:

How to Enter

  • Schools will select their leading entries (to a maximum of four) and arrange for high resolution images for submission by email to gcs@unaa-wa.org.au
  • Entries must be accompanied by an entry form (using Word) signed by the school Principal. Click here to download the entry form
  • Each entry must be clearly identified with the name and year of the student , with a declaration by the Principal that it is the student’s own work and has been selected by the school.
    (Note: The Principal’s declaration is based on a teacher of the student advising either that they have observed the student completing the entry in class; or that they have verified work completed out of class is that of the student based on its alignment with the standard of similar work completed in class and supported by other evidence of the development process – such as a journal or visual diary.)
  • Entries must be received at gcs@unaa-wa.org.au no later than 5pm Friday 30 August 2019.


Winning entries are selected by a panel of three judges based on their originality and effectiveness in conveying the meaning of the selected human right.

The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

These are Art Awards. Although written text may be included, students need to be aware that relying on it to convey the meaning of a human right may detract from the effectiveness of their visual image.


For both the Primary and Secondary Awards:

  • Winner – $150 each for the school and the student.
    Highly Commended – $50 each for the school and the student.
  • Certificates are presented to all prize winners.
  • UNAAWA reserves the right to publish and display winning entries.

Why become involved?

  • Teaching for human rights contributes to building student self-esteem and confidence – the foundation of protective behaviours instruction, which is mandatory in all WA schools.
  • Teaching about human rights is an important part of the Civics and Citizenship syllabus being implemented in all WA schools. It contributes to building tolerant and peaceful communities.

Further Information

Click here for Advice for Students about using visual arts media to communicate human rights.
Click here for website links to human rights in pictures.
To find out more, email gcs@unaa-wa.org.au.