ABC: Teaching human rights.

Education Category: General
Ages: 4-8, 8-12, 12-16

With this activity children will learn and appreciate similarities and differences.

ABC: Teaching Human Rights is a book by the United Nations. Learning about human rights are not just lessons for the classroom, but lessons for life. This booklet contains helpful information about introducing human rights issues to children from preschool to secondary school. It provides background information about the human rights and dealing with difficult issues, which can be interesting to read. But you can also skip this part and read more about some interesting and fun activities to make children more aware about the human rights. 


Activity about similarities and differences:

(a) Attributes
Children are seated in a circle. One child stands in the middle of the circle and makes a statement that describes himself or herself. For example: “Is wearing a belt” or “Has a sister”. Everyone who shares that attribute must change places, including the child in the middle. Whoever is left without a seat becomes the person in the middle and names the next attribute. Children will quickly see that they can be similar and different in many ways. An interesting ending would be to choose a more intangible attribute, such as: “People who are kind”. The game usually breaks down at this point because it becomes more difficult to identify such attributes at a glance. Teachers may wish to discuss how people usually recognize such behavioral attributes. (UDHR articles 1, 2; CRC article 2)

If you want to know more you can find the booklet here

Learn children about human rights.


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