II: The Right to Know Your Rights:
An Introduction to Human RIghts
Background Resources and Materials
George J. and Richard Pierre Claude,
eds. Human Rights Education
for the Twenty-First Century.
Philadelphia, PA: University of
Pennsylvania Press, 1997.
excellent overview of human
rights education, including
sections on Theories and Contexts,
Approaches to Teacher Training,
College and Adult Education,
Specialized Training for Professions,
Community-Based and Nonformal
Human Rights Education, as well
as resources and funding.
Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
New York: Seabury Press, 1970.
is a foundation text for human
rights education. Freires
work discusses the intersection
of education and social justice.
Freires pedagogy seeks
to enable the oppressed to understand
that oppressive forces are not
part of the natural order, but
the result of historical and
socially constructed forces
that can be changed.
Betty. Educating for Human
Dignity: Learning about Rights
and Responsibilities, Pennsylvania
Studies in Human Rights. Philadelphia,
PA: University of Pennsylvania
a developmental approach to
human rights education, each
chapter discusses the childs
skills and conceptual level
at a particular age and offers
examples of age-appropriate
lessons. The introduction provides
a theoretical basis for education
for human rights and civic responsibility.
Also available in Arabic.
Norma Bernstein, ed. Human
Rights and Education. Oxford:
Pergamon Press, 1987.
education as a human right and
education about human rights
on an international scale. Examples
are drawn from authors representing
a wide host of countries, such
as India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia
and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Professionals Association for
the People (APAP). The Bells
of Freedom. Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia: APAP, 1996. APAP,
P.O. Box 12484, Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. Telephone 251-1-12-13-24,
Fax 251-1-55-22-27. Also available
on the University of Minnesota
Human Rights Library Web Site:
anthology of lessons organized
around key human rights themes
such as the respect for human
dignity, linking human rights
and responsibilities, seeking
justice using analysis, and
righting wrongs. Very appropriate
for adult education. Printed
in English and French.
International. Shopping Techniques
in Human Rights. Quezon City,
Philippines: Zamora Press, 1994.
Zamora Press and Publications,
1166 East Rodriquez Sr. Blvd.,
New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines.
easily accessible compilation
of strategies and activities
for young learners in both school
and non-formal settings. The
lessons use experiential, activity-centered
methods to encourage critical
thinking as well as mastering
of human rights concepts.
Network. Amnesty International
Educators Network Human
Rights Education Resource Notebooks.
Amnesty International Educators
Network, 1997. Available from:
collection of human rights education
curricula is available in thirteen
topic areas, including Womens
Rights; Religion, Race and Ethnicity;
Indigenous Peoples; Gay and
Lesbian Rights, Death Penalty,
Childrens Rights, Teaching
Young Children about Human Rights,
Conflict Resolution and Peace,
Economic Rights, and Teaching
Human Rights Through Literature.
Notebooks are specific to teaching
human rights to elementary,
middle school and high school
Julie with Mallika Dutt and Nancy
Flowers. Local Action/ Global
Change: Learning about the Human
Rights of Women and Girls.
New York: UNIFEM, 1998. UNIFEM,
304 East 45th Street, New York,
NY 10017. Telephone 212-906-6400,
interactive and comprehensive
training manual that introduces
human rights in terms of the
life experiences of women and
Edward, Eleanor Greene and David
McQuoid-Mason. Human Rights
for All. St. Paul, MN: West
Educational Publishing, USA, 1996.
West Publishing Company, 610 Opperman
Drive, P.O. Box 64526, St. Paul,
MN 55164-0526. Telephone 1-800-328-2209,
innovative and comprehensive
curriculum provides high school
students with a foundation in
human rights concepts and challenges
them with difficult questions,
such as establishing rights
for a new country, balancing
national security against individual
liberties, and resolving conflict.
David. Teaching Human Rights.
Denver: Center for Teaching International
Relations Publications, University
of Denver, 1993. Center for Teaching
International Relations, University
of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. Telephone
1-800-967-2847 or 303-871-3106.
collection of classroom activities
offers innovative ways of teaching
about familiar human rights
themes. Initial lessons introduce
students to the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights and ask them
to compare its provisions with
those in the US Bill of Rights
and the African Charter on Human
and Peoples Rights. Examples
from Chile, the Peoples
Republic of China, Kenya, South
Africa, and the former Soviet
Union are included. The activities
encourage students to make cross-cultural
comparisons and examine their
own society and experiences.