Human Rights Class in a Box for Higher Education : Is a program that can be integrated into class curricula and used as Service Learning Programs in Colleges and Universities.
Academic Service-Learning (A-S-L) is learning achieved through service while applying curriculum taught in class.
Service-Learning: A teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach
civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. (National Commission on Service-Learning)
“When education takes a hands-on approach to learning, the result is a more informed, more involved community of future leaders. Service learning brings substance to democracy and strengthens the thread that binds our diverse nation”.
Former Lady Michelle Engler, Michigan
ASL Contributes to young people’s personal and career development by reducing violence and increasing their sense of responsibility and workplace skills
(National Commission on Service-Learning)
Service-learning has become one of the most important educational reform movements in the United States. National research shows that students participating in service-learning show improvements in academic achievement, career preparation, feelings of self-efficacy, behavior, attendance, and civic engagement. Service Learning is a known national best practice that engages students in democratic thinking, civic responsibility, and bridging cultural differences.
International Solidarity for Human Rights will offer presentations and orientation sessions to Colleges and Universities to show students how to teach others about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Some Benefits for the students engaged in Human Rights Education integrated into Academic Service-Learning:
According to the University of Minnesota
“STUDENTS in service-learning classes can benefit academically, professionally, and personally. These are just a few of the ways:
Increase their understanding of the class topic. Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later).
Explore or cement values and belief.
Have opportunities to act on values and belief.
Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Grow understanding of diverse cultures and communities.
Learn more about social issues and their root causes.
Develop or enhance their skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership.
Test out their skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interest them.
Connect with professionals and community members who they will learn from.
Grow a professional network of people they might connect with again later for jobs or internships.
Satisfy their urge toward public service or civic participation.”