Begin by asking the following:
- What do you think the words “human rights” mean?
- What do you think children need in order to survive? Discuss both physical and emotional needs
- Do you think all children, everywhere, have these things? Discuss.
Briefly explain what the United Nations Human Rights Day is about (see introduction).
Ask the students how they would feel if:
- They had no electricity or running water in their home.
- They were not allowed to go to school because their family couldn’t afford it.
- They were always hungry, cold and wet.
- People in their village were really sick and there was no medicine.
Explain that as Canadians, we are very lucky. We have access to food, shelter, education, and health care. Remind the students that many communities in the world do not have these basic rights met.
Tell the students that even though most of us have what we need to survive, there are still many ways that we can help make a difference in the lives of others.
Brainstorm together small ways that they can help to ensure that everyone in their class, school, and community feels respected, appreciated, safe and cared for.
* Note: You may have to provide a couple of examples: intervene in a bullying situation, respect other people’s physical space, stand up for a friend etc.
- Share the posters and ask the students to be part of a “Kindness Crew” to help all children feel equally important, cared for, and respected —not just on Human Rights Day, but every day!
For additional ideas, check out the following:
10 Things To Do With Your Kids on Human Rights Day!
10 More Things to Do With Your Kids on Human Rights Day!