Human Rights Curriculum
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights ( " UDHR" or " Declaration" ) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Declaration urges member nations to promote a number of civil, political, economic and social rights, asserting these rights are part of the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” The document has helped to make immensurable changes around the world and is still as relevant today as it was over sixty years ago; and yet the articles that the Declaration outlines sometimes seem like lofty ideals – not always immediately relevant or linked to daily life.
This curriculum is organized into 10 lessons, divided into two units. Each unit has four classes on human rights topics and one about social action. We refer to our model as one of human rights learning because it goes beyond imparting knowledge about human rights, as is most often the objective of human rights education. Human right learning has a transformative dimension that aims to make the learner an agent of social change. In the process, dedication to human rights should become part of the participant’s value system; applicable to daily life. Through the learning process participants become engaged in defining and shaping their experience according to human rights which includes: enhancing knowledge, developing critical thinking, promoting values clarification, building solidarity and changing attitudes and behavior. Most importantly, human rights learning should lead to action.