Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Education : Human Rights Day 365

"Promoting human rights remains an essential task – not just on Human Rights Day, but on every day of the year, for every woman and man, everywhere."

Irina Bokova, Director-General of Unesco

Today, December 10 we celebrate Human Rights Day. A day to mark the adoption - 66 years ago - by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s theme, #HumanRights365encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day

It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

credits: Unesco

Promoting human rights remains an essential task – not just on Human Rights Day, but on every day of the year, for every woman and man, everywhere. This is the meaning of Human Rights 365.

This must start with human rights education. Teaching the values of respect, tolerance and solidarity is essential to empower learners and to foster new forms of global citizenship. 

credits: Unesco

"These goals guide UNESCO’s leadership to promote quality education for all and steer forward the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative across the world. Human rights and global citizenship education should be key elements in the post-2015 agenda."

credits: European Commission | Facebook


Every year I wrote about Human Rights in education. Quality education based on a human rights approach means that rights are implemented throughout the whole education system and in all learning environments.

Teachers can hold activities and events at school. We must stimulate the interest  of our students every day by the acts we share in the classroom.

Fighting the injustice of inequality, romoting solidarity, non-descriminitation, respect and similar values.

©UNESCO/ASPnet/M. Bobic
Os civila Kosmaca Piran school, Slovenia

Let us draw inspiration from some good actions to strengthen respect for human rights to children and young people. 


  • Organize lecture series, film series, book discussions, news, worksops, seminars, debates among students, parents, on human rights;
  • Take part in human campaigns of the day at school;
  • Get out school with your students and help other young people and old people within  your community;
  • Wear a t-shirt on Human Rights Day. Make a t-shirt made just stating that is Human Rights Day (cross-curricular);
  • Ask your students (Secondary education) to write out a specific article from the United Nations Declaration;

Malala Yousafzay & Kailash Satyarthi
Nobel Peace Prize 2010

  • Nobel Peace Prize
We can't forget on this day, December 10 Malala Yousafzay and Kailash Satyarthi are receiving in Stockholm the Nobel Medals, Nobel Diplomas and documents confirming the Nobel Prize amount.
  • Unesco
You will find a variety of educational resources  on Unesco website
  • EU
Also on the EU and Human Rights website your students can be informed on EU actvities and reports : Secondary education ; Vocational and Higher Education.

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