BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS TO LIFE
EDUCATION PACKAGE DETAILS
The Bringing Human Rights to Life Education Package is available, at no charge, to teachers, professors and other educators. (Offer limited to one free package per educator.)
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING GUIDE AND AUDIOVISUAL TEACHING AIDS AND BOOKLETS:
THE BRINGING HUMAN RIGHTS TO LIFE EDUCATOR’S GUIDE
The Educator’s Guide is a complete manual for implementing a human rights curriculum. It includes lesson plans, a brief history of human rights, the complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ideas for activities and a glossary. Human rights documents, organizations and reports are also contained for easy reference.
THE STORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY
This powerful and compelling film explains human rights through the dramatic story of their history, development and use today. The term “human rights” is familiar to nearly everyone, but the importance of human rights is often not fully understood. The Story of Human Rights is the history of human rights, culminating in a single charter that contains them all: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But with the grim reality
of widespread human rights abuses today, this film tells where human rights must begin in order to produce a decisive change in the wider world. The DVD includes as a bonus feature 30 award-winning public service announcements illustrating each of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
24 COPIES OF THE STORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS BOOKLET
A companion booklet to The Story of Human Rights film, this publication provides a basic introduction to human rights, outlining their development into the modern human rights system. It introduces the reader to the most important human rights instruments and advises actions anyone can take to increase awareness of human rights and their zone of influence.
HUMAN RIGHTS CURRICULUM
How important are human rights? Long before the phrase “human rights” came into existence, men and women fought and died for basic human freedoms. In fact, this struggle has lasted thousands of years and still continues today.
Ultimately, human rights are the basis of everything people cherish about their way of life. In their absence, lasting happiness is impossible, because there is no personal security, no freedom and no opportunity. Thus, all peoples have long recognised their fundamental importance and have sought to articulate and defend them.
Yet it took a world war and the deaths of tens of millions of people to bring the leading nations together to create a truly universal charter of rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the world’s premier human rights instrument. Its opening paragraph stands as a powerful affirmation of the principles that lie at the heart of the modern human rights system: “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
The grim reality, however, is that in virtually every country of Earth, some portion of the population is a victim of torture, human trafficking, starvation, injustice, discrimination or other human rights abuses.
It goes back to the underlying problem—most people are largely unaware of the Declaration of Human Rights and the thirty rights it contains. Consequently, a wide gap exists between the articulation of the Declaration’s goals and their accomplishment. Millions are not free. Justice is often inequitable. And peace continues to elude many regions of the world.
Bridging the enormous gulf between the ideal of universal human rights and the reality of widespread human rights violations is the challenge.
By implementing the free Educator’s Guide, DVDs and booklets, and including human rights education in their curricula, educators can do much to realize human rights.
Law enforcement personnel, judicial officials, and those who mentor young people should also study these educational materials, and use them to raise awareness within their own organisations and government bodies, which will in turn speed the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in their nation, state or region.