Tips for Teachers

While the learning objectives are clear, it is also important to recognize that Speak Truth to Power and human rights education emphasize a pedagogy that encourages both theory and practice. The lessons are framed to provide opportunities for students to submit their own ideas and make their own judgments about the world around them. The focus on practice is also addressed in relation to taking action and becoming a defender. READ MORE.

Become a Defender

Everyone can become a defender, whether you have one day or an entire academic year. Following are a few examples of how you can support your students in their efforts to defend human rights. READ MORE.

A Short History of Human Rights

The belief that everyone, by virtue of his or her humanity, is entitled to certain human rights is fairly new. Its roots, however, lie in earlier tradition and teachings of many cultures. It took the catalyst of World War II to propel human rights onto the global stage and into the global conscience. READ MORE.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The influence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been substantial. Its principles have been incorporated into the constitutions of most of the more than 185 nations now in the UN. Although a declaration is not a legally binding document, the Universal Declaration has achieved the status of customary international law because people regard it “as a common standard of achievement for all people and all nations.” READ MORE.

Chronology of Human Rights

The timeline included in this resource highlights key events, moments or advancements of human rights treaties. To extend your students’ learning on specific issues, social movements, regional or international bodies, have your students research the specific topic and then place it on the human rights timeline. READ MORE.

Glossary of Terms

Human rights vocabulary, from “Advocacy” to “Xenophobia.” READ MORE.