Learning about Human Rights – Teaching Pack

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This teaching pack aims to support teaching about human rights in secondary schools. In addition to a teachers’ handbook, there are five slide presentations and corresponding factsheets for students.

The five topics covered are:

  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • child rights and armed conflict
  • child rights and climate change
  • human rights and international development.

There are also ‘student-friendly’ versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in addition to the official documents. Teachers are encouraged to read the factsheets together with the handbook.

To deliver a presentation, teachers can use the factsheet as a script and the corresponding slides as a visual aid. The handbook mirrors the factsheets, and gives supplementary information about each topic and suggestions for activities, discussion points and essay questions. There are also details of organisations that may be able to provide additional information or speakers to support a presentation.

Each presentation has been created to fit a 20-minute assembly slot. They can also be used as lesson plans to complement subjects such as Citizenship, Learning for Life and Work (N Ireland), Modern Studies (Scotland) or Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (Wales).

The presentations are also relevant to English, Geography, History, Media Studies, PSHE, Politics, Religious / Moral Education and Science. The presentations work for large assemblies as well as smaller groups, in which older students could explore the issues in more depth. The suggested activities are suitable for a classroom setting.

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