Lesson 8

Human Rights and Educating Global Citizens


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.



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?

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