Lesson Plans – Human Rights Education

ABC: Teaching Human Rights – Practical activities for primary and secondary schools
Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
An introduction to HRE and lessons on a range of human rights topics appropriate to both pre-school, elementary and high school
Grade Level: elementary – high school
Subject Area: general


Compasito: Manual on Human Rights Education for Children
Source: Council of Europe
Chapter 1 provides an introduction to human rights and HRE.  Includes background and lessons on a range of human rights topics appropriate to young children. Offers guidelines on methodologies for HRE.
Grade Level: pre-school – middle school
Subject Area: social studies, service learning, language arts, after-school programs


Compass: Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People

Source: Council of Europe
Chapter 1 provides an introduction to human rights education.  Includes background and  lessons on a range of human rights topics. Offers guidelines on methodologies for HRE.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, service learning, language arts, after-school programs


Educating for Human Dignity: Learning about Rights and Responsibilities
Author: Betty Reardon,  Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
It is the first resource offering both guidance and support materials for human rights education programs from kindergarten through high school. It opens possibilities for an holistic approach to human rights education that directly confronts the values issues raised by human rights problems in a context of global interrelationships. Designed for both teachers and teacher educators.
Grade Level: Adults, educators, teacher educators


First Steps – A Manual for Starting Human Rights Education

Source: Amnesty International
Offers guidelines for establishing human rights education in a variety of settings and lesson plans.
Grade Level: Adults, educators, teacher educators


Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Secondary Schools
Source: Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE)
Guidelines for establishing human rights education.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: general

HRE Curriculum Integration Guide
Source: HRE USA
This guides provides model lessons to help social studies and other educators implement human rights in their curriculum. Each lesson is tied to Common Core curriculum standards and contains suggested modifications for ESL populations and classified students, as well as suggestions regarding how each lesson supports literacy development.
Grade Level: elementary – high school
Subject Area: general


The Human Rights Education Handbook: Effective Practices for Learning, Action, and Change
Author: Nancy Flowers, Source: The Human Rights Resource Center and the Stanley Foundation
A guide to human rights education: an introduction, methodologies, content, evaluation, and plans for lessons and workshops.
Grade Level: Adults, educators, teacher educators, community leaders


Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice
Source: OSCE, Council of Europe, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Collects 101 exemplary practices from Central Asia, Europe and North America. A valuable resource for teachers and education policymakers.
Grade Level: Adults, educators, teacher educators, community leaders


Human Rights Training

Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Guidelines for adult training.
Subject Area: Training for professionals and activists


Ideas for Human Rights Education

Source: Amnesty International Australia
Includes lesson sparks, ideas for whole school organization, and interactions between school and community.
Grade Level: educators, administrators


Methodologies for Human Rights Education

Author: Richard Pierre Claude, Source: People’s Movement for Human Rights Education
Presents methodologies linked to understanding the international human rights instruments, curriculum planning, promoting promote social empowerment, responding to the goals of specific user groups, and program and participant evaluation.


Play It Fair: A  Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children
Source: Equitas, 2008
Offers activities stressing human rights, non- discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution within non-formal education programs for children, such as summer camps or after school activities.
Grade Level: elementary
Subject Area: non-formal education settings


Teaching Human Rights

Author: David Shiman
Publisher: Center for Teaching International Relations, 1993
The UDHR provides a useful framework for organizing this collection of curriculum activities on human rights. Can serve either as the core on human rights or a resource from which teachers can draw specific activities to integrate into existing curricula.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, government