Effective Practices for Infusing Human Rights and Peace Education Middle School and High School Level

1. Complete the Needs Assessment: Take the Human Rights Temperature of Your School. A handy tool, developed and distributed by the Human Rights Resource Center at the University of Minnesota, allows students and teachers to discover human rights strengths and pinpoint areas that need a more comfortable temperature. Available in Topic Book 1: Economic & Social Justice on pp. 67-72 or on-line at http://www.hrusa.org/hrmaterials/temperature/interactive.php.

2. Familiarize Yourself with State-of-the-Art Pedagogy and Facilitation Skills. Create a Human Rights Learning Community with your peers to develop a common vision, shared language, and unified practices. To aid you in this process, The Human Rights Education Handbook sets out working definitions of human rights education, gives an overview of the field, differentiates between the goals of learning about human rights (e.g. cognitive learning), and learning for human rights (i.e., personal responsibility and skills for advocacy). It also addresses personal challenges human rights educators may face. If you don’t feel confident as a facilitator already, you sure will after learning the myriad of ways to keep students engaged and asking for more. The Developmental Conceptual Framework on page 14 will help prepare you for the different age groups in your setting - http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/hreduseries/hrhandbook/part1Cextra.html.

3. Introduce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to Your Students. Use the Amnesty Animated UDHR Video and/or America Needs Human Rights Video. Give each student the UDHR Passport for classroom study and personal use. Human Beings/Human Rights pp. 38-40 from Human Rights Here and Now leads participants to define what it means to be human and to relate human rights to human needs -...
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