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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unMASKing: The Pandemic Curriculum Project

All around the world, we have put on masks to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet the pandemic has also taken masks off so many human rights issues. Our free, open-sourced unMASKing: The Pandemic Curriculum Project provides educators with a roadmap to guide students, in a supportive and inclusive way, as they process these difficult and complex issues, explore the local and global impacts of COVID-19, and share their experiences.

This free, open-sourced curriculum created by HRE USA partners Generation Human Rights and Human Rights Education Associates is more than an academic program. It’s a resiliency program that empowers students to break free from the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect on their own life experiences, make tangible connections with their peers around the world, and create ways to be actively involved in their local communities.  The curriculum includes four modules: 

  • Understanding the Pandemic and Human Rights
  • Sharing Stories
  • Media Resources
  • Taking Action

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Teach the Black Freedom Struggle

Teachers around the United States face the challenge of how to prepare to teach in the midst of the pandemic and a rebellion in defense of Black lives.

Students are turning to teachers to help them make sense of this new reality. Textbooks and the traditional curriculum are of no help as they hide the long history of white supremacy and the Black Freedom Struggle.

The Teach the Black Freedom Struggle campaign of the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) supports teachers with free lessons for teaching about racism and anti-racist struggles, distribution to school districts of the book Teaching for Black Lives, teacher study groups, a podcast, online classes for teachers, and more.

The campaign is made possible through the generous support of Doug and Tara Baldwin, the Carroll Family Fund, Tricia Davis and Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore), Zach Quillen, the Seahawks Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund, and Bobby Wagner.

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Pedagogies for Human Rights Education and Intercultural Competence

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Where: Live Stream
Cost:  Free

Please join the University of Connecticut’s’ Human Rights Institute for a lunchtime seminar with Sandra Sirota and Manuela Wagner entitled: “Pedagogies for Human Rights Education and Intercultural Competence.”

Sirota and Wagner will share how they planned and implemented a collaborative course on human rights education and intercultural citizenship in which students created educational projects for implementation in formal and non-formal settings. Topics will include main themes, examples of students’ projects, opportunities for collaboration and online course design, and challenges of online course design and implementation.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education.