“Human Rights Education: Practical Tools for Celebrating Diversity and Antidiscrimination”
The United Nations Department of Public Information, together with Facing History and Ourselves and Stories that Move, invited teachers to participate in a special and practical workshop titled Human Rights Education: Practical Tools for Celebrating Diversity and Antidiscrimination, which took place on 2 November 2018 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The event marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom. Teachers learnt how to teach about human rights more effectively and how to challenge their students to think critically about diversity and discrimination. Ms. Kimberly Mann, Chief, Education Outreach Section, delivered welcoming remarks and Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact Initiative, opened the event.
Karen Murphy and Kevin Feinberg from Facing History and Ourselves, the international educational and professional development organization, examined the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and provide teachers with tools to teach about the UDHR.
Facilitated by Karen Polak, senior educator from the Anne Frank House, teachers were introduced to the online resource Stories That Move created by the Anne Frank House with eight partners. This online resource integrates innovative teaching methodology, digital tools and primary resource material such as film clips of young people sharing their experiences of exclusion, discrimination and hate crimes. Stories That Move: Toolbox against discrimination is a multi-lingual online initiative developed by the Anne Frank House, Zachor Foundation, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Anne Frank Zentrum, Milan Simecka Foundation, erinnern.at, International School Amsterdam, NGO MART and Eagerly Internet.