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Human Rights Are for Everyone: A Guide to Teaching for Positive Change

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education
Resource Type Lesson Plan


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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), one of the United Nations’ founding documents, asserts that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and in rights.” The declaration contains 30 articles outlining fundamental rights inherent to every person around the globe.

Human Rights Are for Everyone: A Guide to Teaching for Positive Change provides an opportunity for creating a vibrant and timely training program about the UDHR for youth and adults. It provide the tools for teaching an overview of human rights ideals and an in-depth look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Most importantly, this guide encourages critical thinking, collaboration, and activism.

This manual and training provides educators with the resources and information to teach about, through, and for human rights. We begin with lessons that offer context about human rights. The following 12 sessions cover the UDHR and its 30 articles. Students will learn more about the rights enshrined in the UDHR and then apply these concepts to real current and historical events around the globe.


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