Rights, rights, human rights. The word gets around. Everyone
everywhere has human rights, but not everyone everywhere respects
them. What are they anyway? how did we get them? what do we do
This project will help students understand the idea of human rights, gain a sense of themselves as people with dignity and hence with rights, and finally encourage them to act.
The main focus of the project is action: your students in action. The CyberSchoolBus wants to collect inspiring stories of classes or schools defending and promoting human rights in their own communities, neighborhoods and cities. These stories will become part of a global atlas of student actions compiled and published on the World Wide Web by the UN CyberSchoolBus. Some classes may already be engaged in such activities. Others can use ideas and suggestions from the teaching guide to launch new projects. For submissions, there will be a specific form to fill out, which can be done by e-mail or on the World Wide Web.
The project hopes to demonstrate that young people around the world are active in and concerned about their world; that the notion of rights has relevance everywhere in the world; and that young students can, indeed, make a difference. By bringing together the stories of student action, the project hopes to create a resource that will provide concrete examples to emulate and will inspire new and original actions.
The teaching materials provided give students a way into understanding human rights in general and the Universal Declaration in particular. The teaching materials can be used as a basis for the other activities.
Explaining the project to teachers
While each step of the project can be done independently, the project is designed to build on itself. This is the framework:
The project consists of static resources, or documents that are on the web, and real-time activities, such as question-and-answer sessions and the student action reports.
When you register by e-mail, you receive a text version of the Universal Declaration along with your welcome message. The Declaration is also available under the Resources and Links section. All key documents and activities will be e-mailed to you if you are registered for the project. You can also access themand other resourcesvia the web site: http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/humanrights
The document entitled Understanding Human Rights provides clear background information on the ideal of human rights and how that ideal is upheld and enforced in the real world. The section called Actions and Activities contains the main activity of the project. The goal of this activity, Human Rights in Action, is to develop a global atlas of human rights actions taken by students such as those in your school.
Explaining the project to students
As mentioned above, these activities are designed to build an in- depth understanding of human rights. However, each step can be an independent activity. The focus of the project is on the activity entitled: Human Rights in Action (below). The submissions from that project will constitute an atlas published by the United Nations CyberSchoolBus on the World Wide Web.
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
What are Human Rights?
Teaching the Universal Declaration
Human Rights in Action
This is the main activity, carried out in two parts. Its main goal is to get students involved in their communities. Students will then act as special rapporteurs and report back to us so that their actions may be included in a global atlas of student actions to be published on the World Wide Web. For guidelines and a full description see the separate section on this activity click here.