The Division of Academics, Department of Social Sciences (DOSS<>), in collaboration with International Solidarity for Human Rights (ISHR<>) is sponsoring the first annual Human Rights Day- “The Reading” on December 10, 2019.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10- the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Tuesday, December 10, 2019 marks the 71st anniversary of the UDHR.

To promote District-wide recognition of this important milestone in human history and provide opportunities for students to learn about the UDHR and the rights guaranteed to all people due to its passage by the United Nations, schools are strongly encouraged to teach students in ALL CLASSROOMS on this day about the UDHR.

A PowerPoint presentation has been prepared to assist schools and teachers in teaching about the UDHR. The PowerPoint provides background information and a slide on each of the 30 rights guaranteed in the UDHR as stated in each article.

To go over the background information and read each of the 30 articles guaranteeing rights to all people it is estimated to take 10 to 15 minutes. Schools may opt to implement this project as follows: during a school-wide assembly, during daily announcements, or have each individual teacher do so during instruction on December 10, 2019.

Schools are also highly encouraged to post engaging photos of their students learning about and reading the UDHR on social media using the hashtag: #MDCPSHumanRightsDay. If all schools, teachers, and students participate in “The Reading” of the UDHR on December 10, 2019, M-DCPS will be able to boast about having the greatest number of people read the UDHR in one day.

Should you have questions, or need additional information, please contact Mr. Robert C. Brazofsky, Executive Director, Department of Social Sciences, or Elizabeth Sanchez Vegas, President, International Solidarity for Human Rights, #ishrights #humanrights #humanrightsclassinabox