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It can be used either as a classroom resource in study of society/humanities classes, or as part of an extra-curricular social justice club or Amnesty school group.

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 Download term 1, 2019: global rights

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Term 1, 2019: global rights and protections

What’s inside?

  • Students and teachers get back to the very foundations of human rights this term, along the way exploring three contemporary rights issues from Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and South Africa .

Classroom, social justice club or Amnesty school group activities:

  1. Learn about Gulzar’s fight for freedom from discrimination in Kyrgyzstan.
  2. Hold a classroom workshop on forced evictions and land rights .
  3. Create a word cloud about freedom of expression.
  4. Write letters to world leaders in defence of people at risk of human rights abuses.
Term 4, 2018: human rights defenders

What’s inside?

Information on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, plus case studies on three brave women standing up for their rights, who you can help right now.

Classroom, social justice club or Amnesty school group activities:

  1. Run a workshop on students’ everyday interactions with human rights.
  2. Write letters to world leaders in defence of people at risk of human rights abuses.
  3. Create lanterns in support of human rights defenders.
  4. Write a solidarity message to people defending their human rights.
Term 3, 2018: Indigenous rights

What’s inside?

  • Learn about the movement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s rights, reconciliation and how you can help.

Classroom, social justice club or Amnesty school group activities:

  1. Make kites to raise awareness about Indigenous kids’ rights.
  2. Help your school develop a Reconciliation Action Plan.
  3. Become a genuine ally with Indigenous communities.
Term 2, 2018

What’s inside?

  • The global outlook on refugees and asylum seekers, the stories behind the statistics, and how you can help.

Classroom, social justice club or Amnesty school group activities:

  1. Plan a campaign for community sponsorship.
  2. Hold a persuasive meeting with your teachers and principal.
  3. Create an artwork display in support of people unjustly imprisoned.
  4. Write a solidarity message to people unjustly imprisoned.
Term 1, 2018

Inside this kit students will learn about:

  1. Women’s rights around the world.
  2. Rights in the digital age — online abuse and harassment of women on social media.
  3. Inspirational women human rights defenders.

Classroom, social justice club or Amnesty school group activities included:

  1. Write a persuasive letter to people in power.
  2. Petition to make social media spaces safer.
Term 4, 2017: human rights defenders

In term 4’s pack, you can read about the human rights situations of real people in China, Finland, Chad, Turkey and Jamaica. Learn how letter-writing can spark change for these people.

Bonus lesson plans for teachers:

  1. Write for Rights: locked up (PDF, 1mb)
  2. Write for Rights: power and responsibility (PDF, 5mb)
  3. Write for Rights: right to protest (PDF, 5mb)
  4. Write for Rights: speaking up (PDF, 5mb)
  5. Amnesty MOOC on human rights defenders
Term 3, 2017: Global youth

Learn about some of the human rights issues facing youth across the world, including the issues facing LGBTQI communities; Indigenous kids in Australia; and kids working on Indonesia’s palm oil plantations.

Term 2, 2017: Refugee rights

Learn about the journeys of people seeking asylum, the global refugee situation and how governments can help. Learn how to frame the refugee debate effectively in conversations.

Get in touch!

To find out more or if you’d like previous school packs, contact us on youth@amnesty.org.au