ERIC Number: ED202779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Human Rights: Descriptions of Classroom Activities.
Twenty-seven classroom activities to help elementary and secondary students learn about human rights are described. The three major objectives of human rights education and teaching are: (1) to foster the attitudes of tolerance, respect, and solidarity inherent in human rights; (2) to provide knowledge about human rights, in both their national and international dimensions, and the institutions established for their implementation; and (3) to develop the student's awareness of the ways and means by which human rights can be translated into social and political reality at both the national and the international levels. Because research has indicated the importance of the years before adolescence in human rights education, activities have been included for this age group as well as for advanced students. The majority of activities are more suitable for classrooms where teachers are used to engaging in open discussions with their students. However, many of the activities can also be adapted by resourceful teachers for use in more structured situations. The activities are grouped under three areas: basic human rights concepts; organizations and procedures which protect human rights; and specific situations and ways in which human rights are violated. The many and varied activities include the following: students are asked to study The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNESCO, 1948); identify human needs and human rights themes in short stories and novels; and identify themes concerning human rights and oppressions in historical periods. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: To be included as Chapter IV in Graves, N.; Dunlop, O. J.; and Torney-Purta, J. (eds.), "Teaching for International Understanding, Peace and Human Rights." Paris: Unesco, 1982.