The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, “every individual and every organ of society […] shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms.” With this in mind, Woven Teaching believes that all educators have a responsibility to teach about human rights – Without knowledge of our rights, how can we hope to exercise and protect them?
Human Rights Education includes three components:
Learning about human rights – What are they?
Learning through human rights – How can we ensure that we are teaching about human rights in a way that reflects human rights values?
Learning for human rights – How will students use this information to make positive change in the world?
Considerations for Teaching Ethically & Effectively
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Primary Source Documents
The United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Following the atrocities of World War II, the international community vowed to prevent such grave human rights abuses from occurring in the future. To do this it created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which contains thirty articles related to important civil, economic, social, cultural, and political rights. Learn more >
The UN General Assembly adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1966. The covenant recognizes equal rights between men and women, the right to work, and the right to health, among others. Learn more >
The UN General Assembly adopted the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1966. The covenant protects many important rights which limit the encroachments of government, including the right to life, freedom of speech, and the right to due process. Learn more >
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights implement human rights standards around the world. The organization analyzes international laws and advocates for change on a large scale. The site also includes a library of resources for educators.
Human Rights Training and Education Materials
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) has created a library of materials to train teachers and educate youth and the public about human rights. UNHCR exists to promote and protect human rights for all people.
Introducing Human Rights Education
The Council of Europe is Europe’s leading human rights organization. This introductory chapter to its Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People is a great place to start exploring how to bring human rights education into the classroom.
UNICEF Kid Power
UNICEF Kid Power is an education-technology program. It is a free platform that allows teachers to fulfill social-emotional learning requirements and empowers elementary school students to connect with the world around them. For every ten “power ups” that students complete, UNICEF donates food to those in need.
Human Rights E-Course
What are human rights and does everyone have them? This online course by United for Human Rights teaches students and educators alike about the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights Watch
International organization Human Rights Watch offers short videos, a reading list, and other resources. Its site also includes information about the state of human rights in countries around the world.
Voice of Witness
Voice of Witness advances human rights by amplifying voices from marginalized communities. The organization has published many collections of oral histories on different topics, and provides free curricula to use with the collections.
Write for Rights 2018 – A Human Rights Education Toolkit
International organization Amnesty International has put together this toolkit for educators to help get students involved in human rights advocacy. Students learn about different human rights violations from around the world and learn how to write persuasive letters.
Youth for Human Rights
Youth for Human Rights aims to teach youth around the world about human rights. Its Educator’s Guide is free for teachers and is designed for use with elementary, middle, and high school students.