You’re interested in getting your school more involved in human rights and Amnesty International? That’s great news – thank you!
Having more young people shape and participate in our human rights movement will ensure that our shared future is more free, just, and equal.
Effective human rights advocacy takes time, understanding, and practice. Whether you’re a teacher or a student, we’re here to support you!
Your first step
Our latest campaign, Write for Rights, offers an immediate and important role for you to play. Check out the W4R Activist Resources page for all of the 2022 case materials, including posters, case cards, petitions, QR codes, and activities for each case.
As a school, you can order a free School Pack for the 2022 Write for Rights Campaign.
Amnesty International & Human Rights Education
- What are Human Rights video and Understanding Human Rights booklet available
- Flyers: About Amnesty and Youth Membership
- You can also find online self-paced courses on Amnesty International’s Human Rights Academy available for teachers, students, and the general public. Individuals will have to register to enter the Academy website and take any of the free courses. Certificates are available on completion of the courses.
- Angelina Jolie and Amnesty International have joined forces to create a resource for children and young people to learn about their rights, with the publication of a new book “Know Your Rights and Claim Them” which empowers teenagers to speak out against injustice.
- Amnesty International’s Human Rights Academy Teacher’s Guide
- A Guide to Using Participatory Methodologies for Human Rights Education
- All about Human Rights Friendly Schools including a specific toolkit for schools
Human Rights Education and Activist Skills
To brush up on generic activist skills head over to our Activist Skill Up Series. There is a range of useful resources to explore and develop your skill set and confidence including:
- Effective Communications (including messaging)
- Public Narratives and Relational Meetings (including story of self, story telling)
- Using Digital Tools for Activism
Group Development Resources
Once you have navigated through some of the above resources you may decide to set up and continue with your own Amnesty action group.
Get in touch with us at email@example.com to let us know if you are planning to start a Schools Group – we will put you in touch with the best local contact, ensure your group is registered and that you have everything you need!
- This resources for convenors document has a comprehensive list of resources that you should need to develop and lead an action group. There’s a lot in there so use it as a directory to look up resources as you need them!
- The action group development page on our website (under activist resources) also has some useful information such as a convener guide, and a guide to facilitate meetings.
- Also in the Activist Resources section are various other useful resources, such as our events & tactics checklist and some general event resources.
Want even more support & resources? Join Amnesty as a Youth Member!
Youth Membership is FREE for 16 and 17 year olds and enables young people to play a unique role in shaping Amnesty’s work. As young people, you not only shape the future of our work, you are our future. Our Youth Membership offers opportunities such as:
- Skilling up with workshops and trainings in activism and how to be a leader,
- Participating in governance through self-electing and voting in AGMs and,
- Networking with other passionate like-minded people in our movement at in person events, or on our Online Members Community!