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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Click here for an overview of human rights and the history of the Yolande Frank Art Awards (including past winners).



Selected Human Rights

2020 Upper Primary Award (Years 4 to 6)

Children have the right to good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that they will stay healthy.

(United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 24)

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

2020 Junior Secondary School Award (Years 7 to 9)

Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 27)

Click here for the complete Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Click here for a plain language version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2020 Senior Secondary 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 Monday 31 August 2020.


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 Upper Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary Awards:

  • Winner – $200 Highly Commended – $100 Certificates are presented to all award winners.
  • UNAAWA reserves the right to publish and display winning entries, including the annual fundraising calendar.

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.
  • Respect for humanity is the foundation of Global Citizenship Education and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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.