Lesson 8 of 11

Human Rights and Educating Global Citizens

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Overview

In the decades since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was passed, our world has become increasingly interconnected. The activities below will help students reflect on how the UDHR intersects with ideas about global citizenship, with both international and national rights and responsibilities. Students will apply their knowledge of the UDHR to think critically about what it means to be citizens of the world.

This lesson is part of Facing History and Ourselves' Universal Decleration of Human Rights collection and part of a series of lessons about the declaration. Use this lesson at the end of a study of the UDHR to engage students in a conversation about how the UDHR can be used as a tool for education today.

Activities

Eleanor Roosevelt believed that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights would be an important tool for education. Since the document was ratified, our world has become increasingly interconnected. Some have suggested that young people need to see themselves not only as citizens of their own country but also as global citizens, with both national and international rights and responsibilities.

Write your responses to the following questions:

  • What is the role of the UDHR as a tool for educating for global citizenship?
  • What hopes, critical thinking, and possibilities should human rights inspire among all people for the next decade?
  • What would education for global citizenship look like in practice?
  • What would need to be included in the curriculum?

Unit

Lesson 1 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Examining the Immediate Historical Context

Through a timeline activity, students learn how World War II and the Holocaust shaped the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lesson 2 of 11
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Universe of Obligation

To prepare for a deep study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students explore the idea of the “the universe of obligation.”

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A Negotiated Document

By comparing multiple versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students gain insight into the motives of those who crafted it.

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What is a Right?

Through a close reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students analyze the rights and responsibilities the document lays out for people around the world.

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Fulfilling the Dream

Students explore the challenges and logistics of enforcing the articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Legacy, Judgment, and Memory

Students consider the legacies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the world today and discuss how they think its success should be measured.

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Universal Rights

Students question whether the rights laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are truly universal, and how time, geography, language, and culture impact this.

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Human Rights and Educating Global Citizens

Students question how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights impacts the way they see themselves as citizens of the global community.

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Teaching Youth the Values of the UDHR

Students challenge their comprehension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by rewriting the document for a younger audience.

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Creating a Better World

Students devise a creative way to present their plan for pursuing the dream of universal human rights today.

Lesson 11 of 11
Holocaust

A World Made New: Human Rights After the Holocaust

Students explore the historical basis for the modern human rights movement by examining the codes of ancient societies.

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