Human Rights Class in a Box Elementary Schools

Class in a Box

International Solidarity for Human Rights (ISHR) mission is to teach, promote and  support education and learning about The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) . ISHR educates about the UDHR in a multidisciplinary way and using the arts as a tool for learning.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted and proclaimed by the UN in 1948. It is an international document that states the basic rights and fundamental freedoms that all human beings are entitled with.

It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948″.

Human Rights Class in a Box (HRCB) in Elementary Schools is a Universal Declaration of Human Rights centered program developed by International Solidarity for Human Rights.

During the program, Human Rights Class in a Box, the students will learn and exercise reading skills, writing skills, creativity and team work, and the most important thing, they will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They will learn to care for their human rights and to respect the human rights of others. The students will be able to learn about their 30 human rights and they will be able to identify them and apply them in their daily lives.

Human Rights Class in a Box has been implemented in public elementary and middle schools, private elementary and middle schools and afterschool institutions in the areas of Miami Dade and Broward, Florida-USA, and elementary schools abroad: Spain, Andorra, Panama.

The students learn about the values and principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This knowledge allows them to have better attitudes and more compassionate behaviors towards one another. The will learn the meaning of empathy, kindness and love. This program also serves the cause of the “anti bullying campaign.”

The students will learn about the human rights that were inspired by the USA Bill of Rights: right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, or the right to private property.

“It is time to arm the children with a set of tools essential to their development that protects them from discrimination, inequality and slavery. Just as a child must build interdependent motor skills to be able to perform complex nerve and muscle acts to produce movement, children must build the ability to perform using the 30 interdependent human rights that they are entitled with since birth. The improvement of one right will facilitate the advancement of all of them” Maria Burn

Subject: Human Rights Education-Learning

Context: An introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

Objective(s): Participants will examine the UDHR and become familiar with the 30 rights it proclaims; the activity promotes and encourages participation, education and learning of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through visual art, music, dancing, or any other expression of creativity.

Resources:

The ISHR- Illustrated Pocket Guide to Human Rights (version of the UDHR)

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Saint Anthony Catholic School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Austin Hepburn Multipurpose Center (Hallandale-Broward, Florida)

Colegio Eugenia Astur (La Espina, Spain)

Colegio Público El Salvador (Asturias, Spain)

Colegio El Pascon de Tineo (Asturias, Spain)

Park Side Elementary (Broward, Florida)

St Joan of Arc Elementary (Boca Raton, Florida)

“One of the greatest impact the program has had is on our Saint Joan of Arc School Curriculum. As a result of the Human Rights In-house Field Trip, our middle school literature teacher, chose to update the 2017 required summer reading list for our 6th through 8th grade students. She was passionate about choosing novels based on a spectrum of human rights issues. Also, our Fine Arts Night included collaborative posters from each class and grade level which discussed and demonstrate each Human Rights Articles”. Mrs. Roberts Principal of Sant Joan of Arch Catholic School.

Wilton Mannors Elementary (Broward, Florida)

The Human Rights program taught by Elizabet Sanchez Vegas and Devorah Sasha last spring to our 4th graders was outstanding and aligns perfectly with the mission of our school. At Wilton Manors Elementary, an IB World school, we focus on the total growth of the developing child, touching hearts and as well as minds and encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural factors in addition to academic development.

In 5 days the students at Wilton Manors were taught in such a comprehensive and interactive way that they were able to demonstrate an understanding of each of the 30 human rights. The program is both fun and practical way for children to comprehend the importance of Human Rights. The program started by discussing the 30 Human Rights through videos, team activities, and large group discussions. The student were so engaged and inspired that they continued talking about the program the rest of the day.

During the 5 days that the program was taught, the children had the opportunity to have lively and profound reflections far beyond what is typically expected of children their age These reflections were then expressed through art. Each student created a drawing of the Human Right that was the most important for them.

I would say that the highlight for the program was to make students ambassadors of the Human Rights. This is the difference between this program and the others we have taught at school. The children are given the opportunity to take action and become active members of society. Each student received a badge with his or her picture, which is very important for a 9-10 year old because it is a way of saying, “I believe in you, you can make the difference!”

The program had such a positive impact on our students that we have decided to implement it for the hole school !

Dr. Ana Maria Leon/School Counselor (July 15, 2013)

School C.E.I.P. A Ponte- Lugo-Spain

School C. P. de Cornellana (Asturias-Spain)

School Santa Maria (A Fonsagrada-Galicia-Spain)

School Dolores Medio  (Oviedo-Asturias- Spain)

School CEIP Raiña Fabiola- Santiago de Compostela-Spain