Explore More: Resources for Teachers and Educators

 

Protection From War

  • United Nations – ‘War, peace and human rights’. In Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (2004), pp.52-56.
  • Council of Europe – ‘The Battle for the Orange’- Number 30. Activity for 8-13 year olds about conflict and conflict resolution. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2009), pp.166-167.
  • Amnesty International & Irish Aid – ‘Ishmael’s Story’. A resource for primary schools with a case study and learning activities about child soldiers. In Human Rights Stories (2012), pp. 31-39.
  • UNA-UK – ‘Child Rights and Armed Conflict’ – Topic 3. Information and suggested activity to support young people to explore the issue of children in armed conflict. (2008), pp.7-8.
  • UNICEF – ‘Video (00:59 secs), Fresh start after life as a child solder in Somalia’.  February 2016.
  • UNICEF – Video (03:15 mins) ‘The dangerous boat ride to Greece through the eyes of a Syrian refugee girl’.November 2015.
  • BBC and The Open University - (Video documentary) ‘Exodus: Our Journey to Europe’ is a documentary series, which records the stories of people, including children and families, as they travel from Syria and other countries to seek a new life in Europe.

All Different, All Equal

  • EQUITAS – ‘Exclusion by Numbers’. Activity for 6-8 year old children in Play It Fair! Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), pp.6-7.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include goals to achieve gender equality (Goal 5) and reduce inequalities (Goal 10).
  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘Inequality’. Discussion points and images that can support young people to explore different dimensions to inequality among children and young people in Ireland. In Picture Your Rights (2015)
  • Equality Authority & PDST – ‘Boys will be Boys and Girls will be Girls’. An activity for secondary students exploring gender stereotyping. In Spotlight on Stereotyping. A Resource for Teachers of CSPE (2011), pp.41-46.
  • Council of Europe – ‘Blindfolded’. A simulation and discussion activity for 6-8 year olds to understand the rights and needs of children with disabilities. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2009), p.67.
  • Irish Wheelchair Association et al – View from Here. A disability awareness resource and accompanying DVD for young people (2009)
  • National Youth Council of Ireland – ‘What about Me?’ An activity for young people exploring how perceptions of minority groups affect behaviour. In All different All Equal (2006), pp.14-16.
  • BelongTo – ‘LGBT Words’. An activity to give young people definitions and respectful words for LGBT people. In Stand Up! Guide for Teachers and Youth Workers (2015). pg. 4.
  • BelongTo - ‘Stand Up’ Videos and Posters that address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools and youth services by encouraging friendship and positive understanding of LGBT young people
  • IHREC - Human Rights, Equality and Teacher Education. A guide that supports teacher educators in the design and delivery of equality and human rights.
  • Equality Authority et al – ‘What Does Equality Mean? Create a Homophobia Free Zone’. An action for TY students to develop greater awareness of issues facing LGBT people. In Grounds for Action. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society (2012), pp.54-55.
  • Amnesty International UK – ‘Time to End Hate’. An activity for young people aged 14 and over to consider the effects of hate crime and hate incidents, with a focus on transgender people. In LGBTI Rights. An Activity Pack for Teachers of Children and Young People (2015), pp.8-12.
  • Oxfam – ‘Inequality in Young Lives.’ Activities for 11-16 year olds to explore inequalities among young people in different countries. In More or Less Equal: Resources for English (2015)

Expressing Yourself

  • Child US – ‘Preschool Feeling Themes’. Activities for preschool children to explore and express feelings.
  • EQUITAS – ‘Your Smile is Contagious’. An activity for 6-8 year olds about emotions. In Play It Fair! Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), p.16.
  • United Nations – ‘Words that Wound’. An activity for young people on the right to freedom of expression and associated responsibilities. In Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (2004), pp.64-65.
  • British Library – ‘My Digital Rights’. This page includes several activities to support young people to explore different dimensions to the right to freedom of expression online (2015).
  • Safer Internet Day – A video and lesson plan dealing with balancing freedom of expression with hate speech online. Activities that encourage kind actions online.

Healthcare

  • Healthpromotion.ie – Information and resources that can support work to encourage health-promoting behaviours among children and young people.
  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘Health’ and ‘Drugs & Alcohol’. Discussion points and images for young people to explore a number of health-related questions. In Picture Your Rights (2015), pp.3-4.
  • Citizens Information Board – ‘European Health Insurance Card’. Activity for young people on the entitlement to public health care when visiting an EU member State. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), pp.154-155.
  • Reach Out – Building Resiliency in Young People is a resource to support young people’s development of resiliency skills (2012).
  • Cycle Against Suicide – Information on how schools and students can get involved in the schools programmes run by Cycle Against Suicide.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include a goal to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being (Goal 3).
  • Concern – ‘Hurdles in Access to Treatment’. Activity and accompanying video for young people about access to treatment for people with HIV/Aids. In Cause and Effect: 4 Stories on HIV and Aids (2012) pp.46-49.

Food

  • Safefood – Resource materials on healthy heating and food safety for primary and post-primary schools.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include goals to eliminate poverty (Goal 1) and to address hunger, food security and nutrition (Goal 2).
  • Concern Worldwide – ‘Food Right Now’. A hunger and food rights awareness initiative for young people, which includes a film and educational activities (2015).
  • Trócaire – ‘Exploring a Dilemma through Drama’. An activity for 10 to 12 year olds to illustrate the impact of climate change and corresponding food shortages on people. In Climate Change 2 Climate Justice (2016), pp.6-7.

Getting Information

  • Life Education – ‘The bCyberwise Monster Family Game’. Online game for children to learn about internet safety, including how to recognise a safe website.
  • Webwise – The Webwise website includes a range of educational resources for working with children and young people on issues relating to internet safety.
  • British Library – ‘My Digital Rights’. This page includes a number of activities that can support young people to explore the right to information online (2015).
  • CRIN – Children’s Rights International Network. This page advocates for the rights of young people to get information.

Family & Care

  • Family Tree Kids – ‘Family Tree Forms’ offer family tree charts for different family types.
  • Council of Europe – ‘We are Family’. Activity for 8-10 year olds to explore different types of families. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2007), pp.172-173.
  • The Children’s Society – ‘My Family’. Activity for children about different family types, which focuses on the story of a young carer.
  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘My Family/Carers’. Information, discussion points and images for young people to explore the roles of family and carers in relation to children and young people’s well-being. In Picture Your Rights (2015), p.2.
  • Citizens Information Board – ‘What happens when parents separate?’ Activity for young people to understand rights in relation to custody and access. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), pp.110-111 & p.118.

Doing What’s Best for Children

  • UNICEF – ‘My World’. Discussion points and images to support young people to explore issues relating to the environment and climate change in terms of the best interests of the child. In Picture Your Rights (2015)

A Name

  • Amnesty International et al – ‘Where are names from?’ An activity for 4-7 year olds, which looks at names and how names contribute to identity. In The Right Start (2007), p.46
  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘Being Me’. Discussion points and images to support young people to engage with the issue of identity, including children’s right to a name. In Picture Your Rights (2015), p.1.
  • Citizens Information Board – ‘Changing your name’. Activity for young people to understand the rules and procedures related to changing one’s name. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), pp.112-113 & p.119.

Practicing Your Own Culture, Language and Religion

  • UNICEF UK – ‘Rights and Culture’. An activity for children and young people (11-16 years) to explore how different cultures can rank human rights in different ways. In Thinking Rights. What happens when rights seem to conflict? (2009), pp.28-33.
  • EQUITAS – ‘Talyat – Malyat’. An activity for 9-10 year olds to explore the right to practice your own language and culture. In Play It Fair! Toolkit Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), p.18.
  • Pavee Point – Factsheet on Traveller culture and heritage
  • Irish Traveller Movement – The Irish Traveller Movement is a national network of organisations and individuals working within the Traveller community. This partnership is between Travellers and settled people committed to seeking full equality for Travellers in Irish society.
  • Equality Authority et al – ‘Create a Calendar of significant Days’. An action for TY students on diversity and respect in relation to religion, including those of different faiths and of no faith. In Grounds for Action. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society (2012), pp.34-35.
  • Council of Europe – ‘A Mosque in Sleepyville’. An activity to support young people to explore the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Play & Rest

  • Amnesty International UK – ‘Sam and Dave dig a Hole’. Ideas for using this book by Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett to support children to examine their right to play.
  • National Youth Council of Ireland et al – ‘Play Right’. Activity for children aged 8 and over to explore the importance of play and conditions necessary for children to be able to play. In Setting Our Sights on Rights (2014), p.28.
  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘Play and Leisure’. Discussion points and images to support young people to explore children and young people’s right to play, leisure and to participate in cultural activities. In Picture Your Rights (2015), p.1.
  • Spunout – ‘Learn something new!’ Suggestions for young people about developing new skills, which might be used to kick-start a discussion with young people.

A Nationality

  • Equality Authority et al – ‘Using an Inter Cultural Display’. An action for TY students to explore different nationalities and cultural groups in their community. In Grounds for Action. Building a Culture of Equality in our Society (2012), pp.46-47.
  • UNHCR – ‘Against All Odds’. A game to support young people to experience what it is like to be a refugee (2005).

Being Safe

  • EQUITAS – ‘Crocodile’. An activity for 6-8 year olds to explore the importance of feeling safe within a group. In Play It Fair: Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), pp.5-6.
  • Council of Europe – ‘From Bystander to Helper’. Activity for 7-13 year olds to develop their understanding of different forms of violence as a human rights issue and how to combat violence. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2009), pp.108-109.
  • Webwise – The Webwise website includes a range of educational resources for working with children (primary) and young people (post-primary) on issues relating to internet safety.
  • Spunout – ‘Don’t Be A Bystander’. A short video clip (01:09 mins) that can be used in work with young people about witnessing cyberbullying.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs include a goal relating to peace and justice (Goal 16), which incorporates a target to eliminate all forms of violence against children.

Protection from Work that Harms You

  • Citizens Information Board – ‘Work’. A range of educational activities to develop young people’s understanding of their rights and entitlements in employment and related matters. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), pp.47- 78.
  • Spunout – ‘Work Rights for Under 18s’. A short animation (01:36 mins) and accompanying information for young people about their rights in employment under Irish law (2015).
  • International Labour Organisation – ‘Child labour in agriculture’. An interactive story, which includes definitions, statistics, charts, maps, photos and a short video story on child labour in agriculture (2016). Also available as an iPad app.
  • Education International & ILO – ‘World Day Against Child Labour’. A resource to introduce young people to the issue of child labour (2009).

Education

  • Council of Europe – ‘A body of knowledge’. Activity for 7-13 year olds to explore their development of knowledge and skills and to consider consequences for children of not being able to enjoy their right to education. In Compasito. Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (2009), pp.53-55.
  • Amnesty International UK – ‘Willy’s Stories’. Ideas for using this book by Anthony Browne to explore the right to education and some related rights with children.
  • United Nations – ‘The right to education’. Activities for children and young people to explore the right to education. In Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (2004), pp.79-82.
  • National Youth Council of Ireland et al – ‘Right to Learn’. An activity for children aged 8 years and over to explore education as a right and its importance to young people’s development. In Setting Our Sights on Rights (2014), pp.26-27.
  • Citizens Information Board – ‘School’. A range of educational activities to develop young people’s understanding of their rights and entitlements in school and education. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), pp.79-98.
  • UNICEF UK – ‘All Work and No School.’ An activity for children and young people (11-16 years) to explore how children’s right to education can be compromised by child labour. In Thinking Rights. What happens when rights seem to conflict? (2009), pp.61-69.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include a goal relating to education (Goal 4).

Privacy

  • Webwise – This website includes a range of educational resources for working with children and young people on issues relating to internet safety, including privacy online.
  • Life Education – ‘The bCyberwise Monster Family Game’. Online game and app for children to learn about internet safety, including how to protect personal information.
  • ICCL & NCTE – ‘What is privacy?’ An activity for young people (Junior Cert CSPE) to explore the concept of privacy and issues relating to privacy online. In Think B4U Click, pp.15-19.
  • Council of Europe – ‘Fact Sheet 15: Privacy’. Information for young people, parents and teachers about online privacy, including ideas for classroom-based work with young people. In The Internet Literacy Handbook.
  • United Nations – ‘When is “old enough”?’ An activity on the right to privacy. In Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (2004), pp.65-66.
  • NYCI – ‘Websafety in Youth Work’ A resource that helps you report concerns, gives advice and shows how to help young people online.

Being Treated Fairly by The Law

  • Courts Service – Let’s Look at the Law. A CSPE resource to support young people to learn about the legal system and the courts in Ireland.
  • World’s Largest Lesson - A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include a goal relating to peace, justice and strong institutions (Goal 16).
  • EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) – ‘Children and justice: your right to be heard’. A short animation (00:43 secs) highlighting children’s right to be heard in the context of court proceedings, which might be used as a starting point for discussion with children and young people (2015).
  • United Nations – ‘Government and the Law’. Activities for children and young people to explore the role of the law and courts in human rights. In Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools (2004), pp.57-62.
  • Council of Europe – ‘Expert: Treat child offenders as children not adults.’ Podcast on the protection of children’s rights in detention in Council of Europe member States, which could be used in the context of work with young people to examine issues relating to children’s rights in juvenile justice (2012).

Clean Water

  • Green-Schools Ireland – ‘Water’. This theme under the Green-Schools programme aims to support schools in introducing and implementing a sustainable water programme and to raise awareness of related issues among students.
  • World’s Largest Lesson – A range of resources to support children and young people of different ages to learn about and take action relating to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, which include a goal relating to water and sanitation (Goal 6).
  • UNICEF UK – ‘Water, Work and Leisure.’ A role-play based on a real-life event in Zambia, which supports children and young people (11-16 years) to explore how water shortages can impact on children’s rights to healthcare and education. In Thinking Rights. What happens when rights seem to conflict? (2009), pp.57-60.
  • A Child’s Right – ‘Every child has a right to clean water’. A film (06:53 mins), which might be used to introduce children and young people to children’s right to clean water (2008).
  • Water Aid – ‘Stories from our work’. A series of stories, including short videos, highlighting challenges faced by people in different countries as regards access to clean water.

Having A Say

  • UNICEF Ireland – ‘Being Involved’. Discussion points and images to support children and young people to explore the extent to which their right to be heard is being fulfilled. In Picture Your Rights (2015), p.3.
  • National Youth Council of Ireland et al – ‘You have the Right to Remain Silent’. An activity for young people aged 13 years and over to explore children and young people’s right to be heard. In Setting Our Sights on Rights (2014), pp.33-34.
  • UNICEF UK – ‘Misbah’s Choice’ and ‘Have Your Say’. Two activities for young people (11 to 16 years) to explore issues relating to children’s right to be heard when decisions are being made that affect them. In Thinking Rights. What happens when rights seem to conflict? (2009), pp.51-56 and pp.70-74 respectively.
  • NYCI – ‘Fantastic Four’. An activity for children aged 6 years and over to explore how they can participate in tackling global poverty. In The Sustainable Development Goals and Youth Resource Pack (2015), pp.14-16.

Knowing your rights and responsibilities

  • UNICEF Australia - ‘What are children’s rights?’ A short animation (03:04 mins) to introduce children to children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • UNICEF - ‘The rights of the child’. Photo essays of children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • EQUITAS - ‘I have the right to …’. An activity to support 9-10 year old children to explore how people need to work collaboratively and collectively to realise human rights. In Play It Fair! Human Rights Education Toolkit for Children (2009), p.12.
  • UNICEF UK - Thinking Rights. What happens when rights seem to conflict? A resource for 11-16 year olds to develop their understanding of the concept of rights and explore how conflicts between rights can be resolved (2009).
  • OHCHR – ‘What is a human right?’ Short animation (01:44 mins) by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to explain what human rights are.
  • OHCHR– ‘What is a human rights treaty body?’ Short animation (01:22 mins) by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights explaining what a UN human rights treaty body is.
  • United Nations – ‘History of the United Nations’. Information about the UN, including an audio clip of the preamble to the Charter of the UN Charter.
  • IHREC – Charts that can support work to introduce young people to human rights structures and mechanisms at European level.

A Home

  • Citizens Information Board – ‘What does home mean to you?’ Activity to support young people to explore the concept of home. In Rights and Entitlements for Young People (2010), p.125.
  • Focus Ireland – Without your home, your life develops differently. A CSPE resource to support young people to examine issues relating to homelessness (2013).
  • Trócaire – ‘Climate Justice: Displacement’. Activities to support young people to explore the role of climate in displacing people from their homes. In Climate Change 2 Climate Justice (2015) pp. 8-12.