Human Rights in school

On December 10, 1948 was proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its full text should be taught in schools, alongside with several other subjects of major importance, like Maths, Languages or Sciences. Are our children aware of the Human Rights? I must say, unfortunately : No. I’ve worked a long time on this subject, by my own initiative, giving hours of Language Studies to enlighten my pupils. They loved it and discussed enthusiastically every article. They actively participated in the projects. But the subject is forgotten in our schools. Too bad.

The Amnesty International 2009 report says that people are distracted from the Human Rights. Something that is so important to each one of us, that was so hard to achieve, is something that can’t be left behind. Those essential Rights were “broken” in 157 countries. I won’t name the countries here – they are just too many, and I wouldn’t be unfair at the point of leaving any of them unmentioned, but I must say that there are countries of the third world side by side with the ones of the first world, where children can’t go to school, journalists are arrested for exposing situations on injustice, people are condemned without a fair trial. In many cases, discrimination is the issue, and we must think about the ethnical minorities, specially the ones who are not able to talk and to defend themselves – the children.

The change of mentalities starts in school, and our developped world will depend crucially on the way how children think. So lets help them to see the world as a place for everyone, where we are so much happier when we listen, learn, share and respect each other.

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

I was wondering here; Which countries do not present violations of the Human Rights?


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