of Human Rights
Service Learning Projects
Rights Badges: A number
of Scout troops and Campfire Girls
in the Northeast have created
human rights badges for which
youngsters write letters, create
posters, watch and discuss human
rights videos, and study human
Human Rights Quilt: Pillsbury Elementary students
in Minneapolis created a quilt containing symbolic representations
of the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
and a catalogue to explain each article. The finished quilt
went on tour to public buildings and other schools.
Big Letter: Some elementary and middle schools
write the BIG LETTER. Students make a splash on campus by
co-writing a letter about a human rights issue or victim
on 3 x 4 butcher paper, collecting many signatures,
and mailing it to a public official in a very large envelope.
of the Dead Memorials: Students at Vintage High
School in Napa, California, constructed traditional Hispanic
Day of the Dead memorials honoring friends, family and personal
heroes who have advocated for social justice. The memorials
are displayed in the school from the Day of the Dead, November
1, until Human Rights Day, December 10.
Wall: A few years after the Tiananmen Square massacre
in Beijing, students in a Boston school put together a huge
Democracy Wall in the cafeteria. Fellow students were invited
to attach poems, essays, drawings, and collages celebrating
what democracy means to them.
Stations: A young member of a California synagogue
created a human rights activity for Passover, which included
five stations that members of the congregation visited,
each dealing with a basic human right: canned food donations
to address the right to life, donations of books for flood
victims, clothing donations, letter writing and petition
signing on behalf of prisoners of conscience.
against Pollution: A group called Kids Against
Pollution (KAP) in Closer, NJ, is circulating a national
petition advocating the adoption of state and national constitutional
amendments to guarantee citizens the right to clean air,
water, and land.
Presentations: A middle school class in the Midwest
wrote a human rights play based on an Amnesty International
Urgent Action appeal and performed it for the whole school.
Speakers Bureau: High school student members of
Amnesty International on the San Francisco peninsula formed
their own speakers bureau to make presentations to classes
and assemblies at high schools and elementary schools in
the area. They were especially busy on Human Rights Day,
International Childrens Day, and International Womens
Diversity: Hmong students in a class at Powderhorn
Community School in Minneapolis taught other students how
to make Hmong embroidery, called Pandau or "flower
cloths." The completed Pandau were sold at a
local crafts fair and the proceeds donated to a Hmong refugee
Students at a high school in the
Midwest arrange a weekend "lock-in"
one Saturday night each year with
plenty of pizza, pop, and letter-writing.
Hundreds of students attend, generating
several thousand letters on behalf
of prisoners of conscience.