This lesson focuses on the language of human rights. Learners examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and analyze the rights from a personal perspective. They discuss how well they perceive that the rights are enforced.
One 45-Minute Session and one 20-Minute Session
The learner will:
Created in 1950 and implemented by the signing of the 1951 Refugee Convention, originally with the goal of helping post-World War II refugees in Europe, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides protection and assistance to millions of forcibly uprooted people worldwide. The agency’s main concern lies in ensuring human rights for those who have been forced to flee their homes because of fear of persecution, war and/or violence.
Note: Be sensitive that some students may not have Internet access at home. Help them by making an alternative arrangement or assignment.
Explain to students that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It is a global expression of the rights all humans are entitled to. All member states of the United Nations are bound to its definition of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Distribute the abbreviated version to students.
Students choose the video that interests them for their homework assignment and bring their personal response to the following class period.
As homework, students watch one or two videos on the USA for UNHCR "Get Involved" page. They write a short response to the video and prepare to report back to the class what they learned.
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