In 2018, Human Rights Educators USA began collaborating with Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) to gather feedback, field test, and improve the Human Rights in National Security: An Educator’s Toolkit, published by AIUSA a year earlier. This free toolkit equips educators with the right tools for discussing post-9/11 national security and human rights issues in the classroom. Further resources were developed, including an introductory video and webinar to introduce the toolkit and provide training for educators on how to use it.
This toolkit provides lesson plans, activities and resources to address such issues as drone strikes, global war, indefinite detention, torture, surveillance and discrimination in the classroom, and to empower students to assess the developments through a human rights lens. Further, it includes actions for students to take on issues of national security and human rights.
HRE USA is currently working with teachers and schools to pilot the toolkit modules in the classroom. If you are interested in providing more detailed feedback by acting as a piloting educator, please email Kristi Rudelius-Palmer.