International Day of Education 2021 Symposium

When: Monday, January 25, 2021
Time: 9:30 am CST
Where: Live Stream
Cost:  Free

Description: Education: A Human Right, a Public Good, and a Public Responsibility
In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, a majority of countries announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91% of students worldwide. As International Day of Education focuses global attention on this issue, what actions can we take to improve outcomes for all?

Even before the pandemic struck, 258 million children and youth did not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents could not read or do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa completed lower secondary school; and some four million children and youth refugees were out of school.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenge all nations to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by the year 2030. Join this event and mark the International Day of Education 2021 with local and international experts who will discuss how inclusive, quality education will be critical in supporting our most vulnerable populations post-COVID, in achieving gender equality, in breaking the cycle of poverty, and in securing a peaceful and prosperous future for everyone.

Learners of all ages are invited to join and hear from the leaders who are shaping the future of education.

Featured Speakers

  • Audrey AzoulayDirector General, UNESCO
  • David EdwardsGeneral Secretary, Education International
  • Neel KashkariPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Justice Alan Page (retired)Founder/Chair, Page Educational Foundation
  • Atul TandonCEO, Opportunity International
  • Sondra SamuelsPresident/CEO, Northside Achievement Zone
  • Dr. Linda Darling-HammondPresident of the California State Board of Education, Head of Education Transition Team for President-elect Joe Biden
  • Jack DangermondFounder and CEO, Esri

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New Green Careers Classroom Resource

Climate Generation has just released its new Green Careers for a Changing Climate Instructional Supplement and extended Green Careers Documentary.

Green career opportunities are rapidly increasing and all of our students need tangible experiences that will excite them for, and prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow. Many Green STEM Careers are the fastest-growing careers in the country, and there are many pathways students can take to become qualified professionals in these areas. The Green Careers for a Changing Climate instructional supplement contains resources to help young people learn about Green STEM Careers — careers that can help solve the impacts of climate change using STEM skills.

The resources are free to download and can be taught in any subject area. Get students excited about their future and how to translate their passions into careers that help people and the planet!

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Teaching During COVID through a Human Rights Lens

From the Zinn Education Project

As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll breaks worldwide records and passes 250,000, how are you teaching about the coronavirus? D.C. teacher Caneisha Mills wrote, “Who’s to Blame? A People’s Tribunal on the Coronavirus Pandemic,” a lesson to help her students grapple with the forces that have drastically changed and threaten their lives.
Modeled after the popular People vs. Columbus, et al. and other trial role plays at the Zinn Education Project website, this people’s tribunal begins with the premise that a heinous crime is being committed as millions of people’s lives are in danger due to the spread of COVID-19. But who — and/or what — is responsible for this crime? Who should be held accountable for its devastating effects?

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Human Rights Film – Declarations

HRE USA member and filmmaker, Adam Stone has created and released for free a short 5-minute film entitled Declarations. Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the art and writing of feminist painter Saribenne Evesong (1931-2009), Declarations uses art, and the art of movement, to examine empathy as a facilitator of sustainable love, peace, and justice.

The film has been made available for public viewing with the hope that it can be used by educators and advocates as an informative and inspirational catalyst for discussion around the UDHR and such issues as human rights, social justice, empathy, and peace.  

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Write for Rights 2020

Uniting supporters from more than 100 countries, Write for Rights is Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign

Every December, during Write for Rights, people like you from around the world write letters for people experiencing human rights abuse and in need of urgent help. People like Nassima (pictured top right) who has been locked up since 2018 for protesting against the ‘male guardianship’ system in Saudi Arabia. Through the power of collective action, your letters will help convince government officials to free Nassima and other people unjustly imprisoned or facing abuses. 

In the past, the project has freed prisoners of conscience, saved the lives of human rights defenders under attack, stopped torture, and put an end to some of the world’s worse human rights abuses.

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Human Rights Board Game

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of human rights education with The Human Rights Game© by The Brainery.  Built around the foundation of the 30 Articles of the UDHR, and the three pillars of the United Nations FreedomEquity, and Dignity, The Human Rights Game aimsis to make a positive difference by teaching children and teens about the rightsfreedoms, and responsibilities.

Through the game, players are challenged to make better choices, based on the UDHR, in a rapidly changing world whereby customs, ethics, and values are learned from non-traditional sources often with materialistic and prejudiced underpinnings. Much of the learning takes place through discussion, short storytelling, and problem-solving. Players are also encouraged to develop an understanding that freedom and rights also come with responsibilities, and learn the importance and relevance of healthy rules and regulations in life.

As an added bonus, 45% of the proceeds from the purchase of every game will go to support Human Rights Educators USA and our mission to promote human dignity, justice, and peace through a vibrant base of support for human rights education (HRE) within the United States.

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Teach Human Rights on Human Rights Day – December 10

Every year on December 10th the world celebrates Human Rights Day – the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

A milestone document in the global history of human rights, the UDHR is infused with values and ideals drawn from the world over. Drafted by UN representatives from diverse cultural and technical backgrounds, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. The UDHR – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages — is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was proclaimed.

HRE USA has put together an online resource kit to help you celebrate the gift of the UDHR in your classroom and re-affirm the enduring human rights principles and standards that it helped establish.

Be sure to also check out our UDHR posters and our  Human Rights booklets on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Course

Columbia University is offering a free online course on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In this course, you will learn about the achievements, challenges, and potential of the dynamic interface between the Indigenous People’s movement and the international community including the UN system. You will explore how Indigenous Peoples have challenged social norms and institutions in recent decades and how they shaped the decolonization of various systems at the global, regional, and national levels.

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Human Rights High School Essay Contest

This is the 20th year of the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation’s human rights essay contests for high school students. Winners are awarded $1000 and runner ups $500. Never since World War II have human rights been so threatened as they are today by the coronavirus pandemic. Never since the end of the war has it been more important to motivate students to write about ways to right rights.

Essays should be between 1000 and 2500 words and will be judged according to how clearly and well they answer the question posed and the extent to which they are supported by research. Click the link below for further information on the essay question, criteria, and eligibility. 

Submission Deadline:  December 10, 2020

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In Conversation With Betty Reardon

A FREE series of short Q/A sessions in which Betty Reardon shares her ideas about sexism, peace and peace education and her experience as a peace activist and educator. Betty A. Reardon is a world-renowned leader in the fields of peace education and human rights; her pioneering work has laid the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary integration of peace education and international human rights from a gender-conscious, global perspective. This is a project of Sansristi, the Global Campaign for Peace Education, and Prajnya.

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