Right Here, Right Now: Teaching citizenship through human rights aims to link the concept of universal human rights with everyday experiences and helps teachers and students examine specific human rights issues such as poverty, discrimination and identity and diversity. This resource is part of the Human Rights in Schools project, which is a partnership between the Ministry of Justice, British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), Amnesty International UK and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
This resource is designed to support the delivery of the revised KS3 Citizenship and PSHE education curriculum introduced in September 2008, and contains comprehensive background information and a series of 12 lesson plans with accompanying worksheets and resource sheets. The lessons are divided into 3 sections:
This resource will support teachers to feel confident in delivering lessons on human rights and offers comprehensive guidance on putting human rights at the heart of the whole-school community.
- Lessons 1 - 7: Exploring human rights - in this section, students will explore key human rights concepts and values and how these are expressed in the Human Rights Act and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. They will learn about upholding human rights in our personal lives, and as part of a school, local and global community.
- Lessons 8 - 11: Human rights issues - in this section, students will explore relevant domestic issues including homophobia, identities and diversity, participation and child poverty from a human rights perspective. This section is particularly relevant for PSHE education.
- Lesson 12: Taking action for human rights - in this section students will plan to take action on a human rights issue, using their knowledge and skills for taking responsibility and action.