Learning for Human Rights
Ideas for Taking
Needs and Issues
community needs, identify group that work on those issues,
and join their efforts.
community issues and develop reports about them for local
government, policy makers, and the press.
letters to the editor on social issues, putting them in
a human rights context.
letters for Amnesty International and other human rights
child care or eldercare for people who are looking for
work, attending school. or going to medical appointments,
to inform voters about the human rights aspects of election
candidates who take a stand on human rights issues.
with organizations advocating for a clean and healthy
environment, including community clean-ups and environmental
with organizations that advocate human rights locally
current issues and write stories to convey information
performing service, write stories, poems, and plays based
on the experience.
articles for school and community publications.
people with disabilities to write letters.
refugees and recent immigrants or people from another
culture and write about their perspectives.
local issues from a human rights perspective and write
up your finding, citing articles in specific human rights
about the human rights history of your community. Are
there people, places, and events that have a significance
to human rights?
youth or other marginalized groups about their needs or
opinions, help interpret these from a human rights perspective,
and convey this to policy makers.
literature on human rights and organize a performance
others about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(UDHR), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
and other human rights documents.
with organizations that seek to educate about human rights
such as Amnesty International, the Street Law Project,
and the United Nations Association.
recent immigrants and refugees and help them with basic
tasks such as using the telephone and using public transport.
others improve their literacy skills, especially through
programs in public libraries.
immigrants for citizenship examinations.
games and activities for teaching young children about
their rights. Try them out in after-school program, youth
senior citizens and other groups in computer skills.
others about the relationship between human rights and
a healthy environment.
Celebrating, and Performing
December 10, International Human Rights Day, important
in your community.
a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the UDHR.
oral histories related to human rights.
local "human rights heroes" and activists to
a "human rights defenders" award for members
of the community who contribute to human rights.
ways to educate the public about the UDHR through artistic
expression, including music, drama, and murals.
literature or music on human rights and organize a performance,
reading, or concert.
Adapted from "Youth Service
Connections to the Curriculum,"
National Youth Leadership Council,