Teaching Human Rights

| December 8, 2017

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It has since been translated into over 500 languages and sets out the fundamental rights of all humans. December 10th honors this declaration but also makes us consider the question, how do we talk about human rights with students?

Every day we hear about new atrocities in the world from the Rohingya people in Myanmar to the refugees pouring out of Syria. The UN is even investigating poverty in America to better understand the extreme economic divisions in this country. The Gottesman Library has a wealth of information on teaching about human rights, including some resources on using games and graphic novels to grab students attention to this important topic. Here are some books and articles to get you started.



Images of Struggle: Teaching Human Rights with Graphic Novels by Carano, Kenneth and Clabough, Jeremiah

Playing games teaching human rights by Donahoo, Daniel



Compass – Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People (2012 edition – fully revised and updated) by Patricia Brander, Laure De Witte, and Nazila Ghanea
  Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis by Monisha Bajaj and Nancy Flowers
humanrightsed Human rights education: reflections on theory and practice edited by Fionnuala Waldron and Brian Ruane
  I have the right to be a child author, Alain Serres ; illustrator, Aurélia Fronty ; translator, Helen Mixter
  Stand up for your rights editors, Paul Atgwa … [et al.] ; design and illustration team, Riffat Lotia … [et al.]
 Screen Shot 2017-12-05 at 7.09.08 PM Universal Declaration of Human Rights illustrations by Yacine Ait Kaci (YAK)