"We should urge our students to see through many differences amongst nations and cultures and look at the aspirations and wisdom common to all of us as human beings."—Jing Lin (in Transforming Education for Peace, 2008, p. 313)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Amnesty International
“Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.”  Links are provided to learn about human rights and to activism steps to afford human rights to people across the globe.

Facing History and Ourselves 
Ten lessons about the UDHR are posted as links from this page. Lessons deal with historical context of UDHR, contents, definitions of rights, and artistic expression of the UDHR.

Hague Appeal for Peace 
A simplified version of this document can be found in Learning to Abolish War: Teaching to a Culture of Peace (Book II, p. 53) by Reardon, et al, available as pdf at Hague  

Human Rights Resource Center (University of Minnesota)
This deeply linked site provides resources and rationales for teaching about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights in general.  Useful questions, lessons, and downloadable files are available to connect literature, current events, history, and other curricula to the consideration of human rights.  Browse around to find resources for ages K-adult!

  • This is my Home
    Examples of resources available as pdfs are K-2 (Caring School Climate) or 6-8 (Justice or Injustice).  Lesson plans, rationales, and handouts are provided.  Social action steps are outlined, including sample letters and action plans.  Invaluable!

United Nations
“Universal Declaration of Human Rights is probably the most significant of all the basic material that would go into a core curriculum of education for a culture of peace,” according to peace education scholar Betty Reardon.

  • Origin and Purpose:  This page from the United Nations Department of Public information gives a concise explanation of the origin and purpose of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • UNICEF: Convention on the Rights of the Child  This site explains human rights of children, as specifically outlined by UN member nations.  Page links provide history and background, a readable explanation, and the document itself.

  • UN Millennium Development Goals:  “The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015” are described on this page, along with links to news, statistics, action, and progress to meet these ambitious world-wide goals.

  • Against All Odds: The game that lets you experience what it’s like to be a refugee  The game is haunting, but there are numerous teacher resources to help understand the issues and take action on behalf of refugees.

United Nations Cyber Schoolbus 
This outstanding resource and comprehensive website is useable, creative, and varied and can provide numerous classroom lessons and project initiatives for any age group.

  • Curriculum Links include such topics as Peace Education, Poverty, Human Rights, and Clean Oceans.

  • Quizzes and Games include Free Rice, a grammar and geography game that provides free rice through the World Food Program.  
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