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Teaching the History of Human Rights? Explore Online Resources

Posted by Katherine Joyce
10 October 2014 - 11:10am

I have recently gone back to school to become a high school history teacher. As a teacher candidate, I see the theories that I studied about history education as a grad student in a more practical light. So, I have decided to focus this post on an amazing resource collection that we as teachers can use to teach the history of human rights in our classrooms.

Two weeks ago I was given a real introduction to Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) while attending a workshop led by Margaret Wells at OISE Educating for Peace and Justice Conference. The workshop focused on teaching about genocide in a way that encourages active citizenship, using the teaching strategies used by FHAO. Since I only had a very preliminary introduction to FHAO’s teaching strategies, I won’t try to explain them to you here, only recommend that if you are interested in teaching challenging topics with historical rigour and empathy, you should explore the offerings of this organization.

Instead, I will focus on the free teaching and learning resources FHAO offers on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). FHAO offers a resource collection on the UDHR which includes:

This is only one of the many resource collections that FHAO has made available to educators. Take a look, explore, and happy teaching!

What resources do you use to teach the history of human rights?


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