In 2020 the world got sick. But recovering from an illness has a profound way of putting things into perspective. Humanity collectively received a message via a global pandemic, and the way each one of us responds should be appropriately universal. It’s especially important for our young people to understand that this is not just about public health – it’s about the greater good.
December 10 marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day, commemorating the date on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This milestone establishes the inalienable rights that every human being is born into, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The theme of this year’s Human Rights Day is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”, which reflects the need for Human Rights to be the driving force in global COVID-19 recovery efforts.
To help you spark timely discussions with students during this critical moment in history, Discovery Education has curated a selection of no-cost resources that explore fundamental Human Rights principles from several unique perspectives. Immerse your students in the past, present, and future of social justice and equity, including the stories and voices of courageous activists from around the world, plus practical ways for students to create a brighter tomorrow using a more humane approach to life.
5 Human Rights Resources to Help Students Build Back Better
- SEEING THE BIGGER PICTURE
The Defenders: An Interactive Map lets students navigate human rights advocacy around the world through the amazing stories of renowned activists.
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- EMPATHIZING WITH OTHERNESS
“The Promise” Classroom & Family Activities guide students through the “us vs. them” mentality that fueled the Armenian Genocide from 1915-1923.
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- EMBRACING WHO WE ARE
The “In Your Shoes” Family Activity brings families together to share and learn how each individual in the family unit has been affected by the unprecedented challenges of 2020.
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- MODELING A MORE RESILIENT WORLD
The 6 Sustainable Happiness Skills Topic Videos equip students with science-based skills to develop emotional wellness and resiliency in school and beyond.
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- FINDING BETTER WAYS FORWARD
The Tech for Global Good Virtual Field Trip introduces students to four inspiring STEM pros who are using incredible data technology solutions to help build a better world.
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Help your students make thought-provoking real-world connections on Human Rights Day with flexible resources for in class, at home, or wherever. Commit to keeping Human Rights at the center of the discussion in 2021 with a wealth of additional resources available on the Discovery Education Experience platform.