Everyone has the right to a nationality.
No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION:
You have the right to belong to a country and nobody can prevent you, without a good reason, from belonging to another country if you wish.
Ones nationality can be a part of one's identity and sense of belonging. At the same time, conflicts have often been focussed on various issues linked to nationality, such as ethnic differences, territorial rights and expulsion of people.
Having a nationality means that a person is a citizen of a country with all of its legal benefits, such as the right to participate in elections, as well as its social ones, such as access to education and health care.
Belonging to a nation, legally, culturally and/or emotionally, offers benefits and requires commitment. Ask students to complete the following in the form of 2 paragraphs:
I am... [write your nationality]. My nationality offers me...
[using complete sentences and concrete examples, write down anything you feel your nationality gives you. e.g. legal protection, an i.d. card, free health care, etc.]
I am... [write you nationality]. My responsibility as a citizen is to...
[write down all your responsibilities. e.g. respect its laws, speak out if there is something wrong, pay taxes, keep it safe, etc.]
What things span across nationality?
What things are restricted by nationality?
What is the difference between national and cultural identity?