Saturday, December 10, 2016

Schools : Human Rights Day : resources

Human Rights Day
credits: Elyx YaK

"Standing up for the rights of others means standing up for the humanity we share."

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

Across the world today, millions of women and men are abandoning their homes and risking their own and their families’ lives in search of a better future. Unprecedented movements of people are affecting societies in every region. Everywhere, the poorest and most marginalised continue to suffer the most.

"This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack."

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. 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.


"2016 has been a disastrous year for human rights across the globe, and if the growing erosion of the carefully constructed system of human rights and rule of law continues to gather momentum, ultimately everyone will suffer,” 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein 

Standing up for the rights of others means standing up for the humanity we share. In a world of turbulence, this solidarity has never been so important, to celebrate the diversity that enriches our lives and defend the values that bring us together. 

This must be nurtured, this must be taught, this must be championed, by each of us in own lives, through mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. This is how we will strengthen together the foundations for more inclusive, peaceful and tolerant societies.

Education should encompass values such as peace, non-discriminationrespect, equality, justice, tolerance and respect for human dignity.
Quality education based on a human rights approach means that rights are implemented throughout the whole education system and in all learning environments.

All schools and other educational institutions make a special effort to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Activities :

  • Organize lecture series, film series, book discussions, workshops, seminars, debates with students, parents and educational staff on human rights;
  • Go out from school with your students to help other young people and old people within  your community;
  • Information about possible refugee children in your comunnity and prepare a visit to support their integration (language, education);
  • Ask your students to write out a specific article from the United Nations Declaration;

Textes : Serge Pennac
illustrations: Serge Bloch

Other activity: Reading the book Eux, c'est nous

On this special day, we can't forget all the refugee children without education disseminated in Europe camps. 

There is a book (French language) very interesting to read about human rights and refugies. Motivate your students to read it in the classroom.

Textes : Serge Pennac
illustrations: Serge Bloch

Composé d’un texte inédit de Daniel Pennac, d’un lexique sous forme d’acrostiche avec les huit lettres du mot RÉFUGIÉS réalisé par Carole Saturno et Jessie Magana, cet ouvrage illustré par Serge Bloch grâce à l’engagement bénévole de tous, a permis de rassembler plus de 100 000 euros remis à la Cimade (une organisation d'aide aux emigrés  réfugiés).

Ce livre vise à réaffirmer « des valeurs fortes d’accueil et de solidarité à l’égard des réfugiés, et d’expliquer à notre public – les enfants, les jeunes lecteurs et les adultes qui les entourent – les fondements et les enjeux de cette actualité », ont expliqué les éditeurs qui publient ensemble Eux, c’est nous.

Prize: 3,00€


Visit my post International Human Rights Day in Education (2015). There are plenty of useful links containing Resources for teachers.

"Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world" 
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


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