Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December to mark the day in 1948 when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It recognises the work of human rights defenders around the world who act to end discrimination and to support victims of human rights abuses. To help you bring Human Rights Day to life in your classroom, we’ve pulled together this fantastic collection of free teaching resources.

Primary

Citizenship Foundation: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody

  • Introduce your pupils to the idea of taking responsibility and helping one another with this wonderful PowerPoint poem from the Citizenship Foundation.

TeachersTV: Balancing Rights

  • Find inspiration on teaching human rights with this insightful video documentary following Cherie Booth as she advises two primary school teachers on fairness and rights.

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Download these super posters for displaying children’s rights and responsibilities around the classroom and sparking discussion points.

Wants and Needs

  • A fabulous set of illustrated cards showing aspects of life that pupils have to decide are either a ‘want’ or a ‘need’, helping them to recognise that ‘needs’ are also ‘rights’.

Human Rights Photojournalism Competition

  • Help your pupils enter the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year Competition with this fantastic free lesson plan that asks them to photograph a local human rights issue.

Secondary

What are Human Rights?

  • Try out this great interactive marketplace activity, where pupils discover that human rights belong to everybody and that every human right is needed.

The Impact of Human Rights

  • A brilliant activity for helping your class to understand the real impact that the Human Rights Act has on people’s lives.

Human Rights Day Assembly

  • An easily adaptable assembly that considers the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what happens when basic human rights are denied.

Amnesty International: Human Rights Education: Child Soldiers

  • A human rights education resource from Amnesty International on child soldiers, based on a talk by a former child soldier, Ishmael Beah.

Human Rights Worksheets and Guides

  • A great selection of worksheets, guides and posters to help you plan your lessons on human rights.

Human Rights education: Refugees

  • Introduce your class to the experiences of refugees with these human rights education resources focusing on refugees and asylum.

Balancing Human Rights

  • Help your pupils discover what happens with human rights are restricted by analysing a real-life scenario. They work in the role of headteacher to decide if human rights should be limited or not.