Human Rights in Our World Today

Featured Resources:

Eleanor Roosevelt & the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" with Allida Black.

Discover educator resources on human rights at Facing History And Ourselves.

Lesson Plans:

The Plight of Refugees

Millions of people around the globe are considered refugees, living in practically every country in the world. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide exceeds 50 million people. In this lesson, students learn about the choices and challenges facing refugees and displaced persons when they are forced to leave their homes; develop empathy for the refugee experience; and prepare and present arguments for and against policies affecting refugees.


Lesson Plan Hand-out 1: Fact Sheet Hand-out 2: People on the Move- Packing List    
Hand-out 3: Immigrant or Refugee? Hand-out 4: The Things They Left Behind Hand-out 5: “Concerning the Label Emigrant”, by Bertolt Brecht    

Children Who Labor

The Millennium Machine exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance raises awareness about the abuse and exploitation of children around the world today. Society is supposed to protect children, yet they are often targets of abuse. Children are forced to fight in wars, used in pornography, made to work for substandard wages, sometimes even sold into slavery. Worldwide there are an estimated 246 million children, between the ages of 5 and 14, who are engaged in child labor. Child laborers are exposed to conditions that restrict their basic human rights. In this lesson, through cooperative learning experiences, students will become experts on child labor exploring topics like child labor during the Industrial Revolution and today, as well as child soldiers and child trafficking. They will evaluate types of work and working conditions, and be introduced to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and concepts such as fair trade.


Lesson Plan Hand-out 1: What kinds of work and working conditions are acceptable? Hand-out 2: Child Labor during the Industrial Revolution Hand-out 3: Child Labor Today  
Hand-out 4: Child Trafficking Hand-out 5: Child Soldiers Hand-out 6: Fair Trade