Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"The time has come... when we must recognize that our mutual devotion to our own land must never blind us to the good of all lands and of all peoples. In the end... we are "One World" and that which injures any one of us, injures all of us. Only by remembering this will we finally have a chance to build a lasting peace." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945
"Human rights have been central to political struggles and social movements throughout history. Individuals have organized, spoken out, and even risked their lives to demand that their rights be respected. Today, it is generally accepted around the world that governments have a responsibility to ensure and protect certain rights for their people. Yet while the general principle of human rights has been broadly accepted, human rights abuses persist and questions about the subject remain highly contested." (Choices, Brown University)
*What are fundamental human rights and how have they been honored or violated throughout history?
*Why do human rights matter?
*Is there a single right way to think about human rights?
*How may human rights be viewed differently by different groups of people in the world?
*How do we make human rights a reality in our world today?
"Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
The Great Question, 1958
Discussion Questions: (to be completed in full sentences)
1.) What do you think Eleanor Roosevelt means by "universal rights"?
2.) Some People feel that universal values or standards of behaviour are impossible to achieve. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
3.) What does the final sentence say about individual responsibility for human rights? What do you think Eleanor Roosevelt means by "concerned citizen action to uphold' rights close to home?
4. ) Discuss the relationship between human dignity, human rights, and the concept of "humane treatment."
Video: Why should high school students learn about human rights?
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Develop an Understanding
Your task: Complete the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Assignment- (obtain this from your teacher).
Use the following resources to complete the assignment:
Youth for Human Rights
Youth for Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights Booklet (detailed version)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Simplified version)
Human Rights Temperature of Our School Survey
Individually, you will complete the survey and the discussion questions:
Human Rights Temperature of our School Survey (obtain this from your teacher).
Discussion Question: (to be completed in full sentences)
1.) What are your reactions to the results of the survey?
Sustainable Development Goals
"The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue."
UN Sustainability Development Goals - What are they?