"AFT is committed to educating our children to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, engaged citizens.... When students can connect with people who have made profound changes in their cities or countries, the struggle for democracy, freedom, human and civil rights becomes very real and all the more powerful."
AFT president Randi Weingarten
Inside this toolkit are lessons, each Common Core-aligned and developed by Common Core-proficient educators, designed to help teach human rights in the classroom. These hands-on and collaborative lessons are targeted for grades 5-10. One lesson draws from the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist who survived an attempted assassination by the Taliban. Another lesson focuses on the ongoing issue of sweatshops and the high cost of human life involved with making clothing sold by the world’s most popular retailers, including Gap, Hanes and Walmart. The third lesson covers the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The fourth lesson covers the kidnapping of schoolgirls in the northern part of Nigeria and provides a variety of ways students and teachers can make a difference and help #BringBackOurGirls. Access these exciting lessons and bring the issue of human rights into your classroom today!