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Child Rights Related Activities and Curriculum Sites for Children and Youth (Primary/Secondary)

Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission - Exploring Human Rights with Children and Teens: An Annotated Bibliography (PDF Version)
The resources found in this bibliography include books, videos and recordings that will help to educate about diversity among people and human rights.

Canadian Child Care Federation
Children's Rights
Respecting Children's Rights at Home (PDF Version)
A set of resource sheets to help foster understanding of children's rights in relation to child care and education.

Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children – Resources A variety of resources on children's rights, including: a series of booklets on the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Canada for people who work for or with children; a curriculum resource on Children's Rights and Global Citizenship for Grade 11/12 students; and an information guide on children's rights in Canada.

Child Rights Centre - Cape Breton University - Resources and Curriculum Offers a number of teaching resources on children's rights, such as: the Fighting Hunger the Rights Way curriculum for Grades 4-6 and 7-9; Wants and Rights cards to download for the classroom; Qs and As on children's rights; curricula for Grades 6, 8 and 12 in English and French; and Teaching Children's Rights Through Art curricula for Grades 10-11.

Child Rights International Network – Users Guide for
Teachers

A user guide that offers advice in creating child friendly school environments.

CyberDodo
A cartoon series for younger students featuring CyberDodo, a universal ambassador of the Environment (season 1) and the Rights of the Child (season 2). In season 2 (40 episodes), the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has assigned CyberDodo the mission to inform and educate on the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Topics include child trafficking, abuse, refugees, obesity, drugs, child abduction, famine, torture, and more.

The Educators Network – Child Rights Lesson Plans
Lesson plans and activities for students in Grades 6-12 based on six core questions relating to child rights, such as: "How have children's roles and rights changed over time?" and "How can students become advocates for their peers?". The activities include group brainstorming, discussion, reading and research.

Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education - Play It Fair
Play it Fair Toolkit (PDF Version)
A user-friendly resource, available in English and French, which integrates informal human rights education and multicultural training into summer camp programming for children aged 6-12. Topics include: human rights, inclusion, anti-discrimination, intercultural relations and peaceful conflict resolution. Ideas for games and activities for campers are provided, as well as useful information for staff.

Everychild.ca – Tools and Materials
A comprehensive listing of videos and multimedia, assessment tools, information guides, workshop materials and reports and research related to child rights.

Free the Children - Resources, Curriculum and Lesson Plans
A resource guide for the school year that fits into Ontario's curriculum and offers support for teaching secondary students about children's rights. The guide provides logistical information, activity ideas and lesson plans. Topics include: education, health, poverty, sustainable development, global citizenship and social issues. Classes are encouraged to participate in the Adopt a Village, Change the World program. Teachers can sign up to receive weekly lesson plans that accompany Craig and Marc Kielburger's column in the Toronto Star / Vancouver Sun.

Global Dimension - The World in Your Classroom Curriculum
An online database of teaching resources which support global, intercultural and environmental understanding for all age groups and subjects. Users can quickly search through a wide range of resources and background material by subject, topic, age range, price and keyword/title.

Human Rights Resource Centre - University of Minnesota - Educational Material
A collection of resources on human rights produced by non-profit organizations and independent publishers, including more than 50 curricula for students of all ages, guides, videos and other educational aids. Topic Book 2 of the Human Rights Education Series focuses exclusively on children's rights.

John Humphrey Centre - Educational Resources Resources to help teach and engage students on human rights issues, including: bilingual guides for 12-16 year olds on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; a resource for teaching Grade 9-10 students about human rights, citizenship, quality of life and communities; two DVD lesson plans for Grade 10 students on the development of peace and human rights, global citizenship, and youth action; and nearly 100 interactive human rights games and activities for youth.

Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights
Learn about the annual Shaking the Movers youth engagement event, read about the Honourable Landon Pearson O.C. and her work to promote child rights, and discover important resources for teaching children about their rights.

LEARN Quebec - Children's Rights Resources and Tools
Links to a variety of resources and activities on rights and responsibilities, protection from violence, and citizenship.

National Film Board of Canada – Rights from the Heart Series

Available on National Film Board website:

Available on DVD:
All the titles in the series can be purchased individually or as box sets.

Available on CAMPUS, a subscription-based website for educators:

  • Door to Door
  • The Orange
  • TV Tango
  • Baroque'n Roll
  • Jonas and Lisa
  • The Tournament
  • Why?
  • The Cora Player
  • Deathtrap
  • Locked
  • Mascaras/Masks/Masques
  • Narkoblues
  • Trade

Three collections of short animated films based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child targeted at ages 5-8, 9-12 and 13-18 years.

National Film Board of Canada – Every Child
Oscar winning animated film made by the National Film Board as part of the Canadian contribution during the International Year of the Child.

Oxfam United Kingdom - Education Resources and Lesson Plans
A series of lesson plans on children's rights for Grades 3-5 to help students explore the difference between wants, needs, and rights. Activities include designing a poster, debating issues, and writing letters in support of children's rights.

Partners in Human Rights Education - Education Manual
A manual for teachers who would like to introduce human rights in their educational practices. Designed as a basic introduction, with a range of age-specific activities for younger and older children. Topics include: diversity, responsibility, the universality of rights, justice, conflicting rights and taking action beyond the classroom.

Save the Children United Kingdom – Teachers' Resources
Offers practical information on children's rights and their importance to society, as well as ideas on how to introduce and incorporate rights education into the curriculum. Suggests learning activities for students of all ages such as a class charter, learning games, and group or class discussions on specific topics and case studies.

Society for Children and Youth of BC – Child Rights Publications
Collection of mostly free downloads and resources, including a child rights fortune teller activity, child rights posters focusing on the early and middle years and a simplified version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Society for Children and Youth of BC – Classroom and Parent Engagement
The Society for Children and Youth of BC, in partnership with UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools, has designed a series of parent and student engagement tools for a school setting, including homework assignments and parent articles.

Students Commission of Canada
Centres of Excellence for Children's Well-Being – Resources
Broad range of resources by topic including youth-adult partnerships, young women and violence, indigeneous youth, to encourage youth participation in important issues.

Teaching Tolerance - What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights? 
Easy-to-use teaching tools that can be implemented directly or adapted for specific classroom needs. Users can search for activities by grade, academic subject and tolerance topic (e.g., race, gender, health, etc.). Magazines, storybooks and activity kits are also available for teachers, librarians and others in the education community.

This is Me - And I Have Rights (PDF Version)
An activity book for children living in care to learn about their rights.

This is My Home - A Minnesota Human Rights Education Experience - Curriculum and Toolkit
A set of resources and information to help integrate and simplify human rights education in K-12 schools. Resources includes age-specific and multi-lingual human rights questionnaires, posters, videos, and curricula.

United Nations Association in Canada – Teachers Corner
The United Nations Association in Canada works closely with the educational communities in every province and territory to build their capacity to educate young people from a global perspective.

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization - Associated Schools Project Network – Peace and Human Rights
A network of 8,000 schools in 177 countries (ranging from pre-schools to secondary schools) interested in carrying out activities to improve the ethical, cultural and international dimensions of education through effective teaching. The network diffuses information to develop best practices. One of the study areas includes Peace and Human Rights.

UNHCHR - ABC: Teaching Human Rights
This series consists of publications and multimedia resources aimed at supporting general human rights education efforts.

United Nations Youth Unit - Indigenous Children and Youth Leaflet (PDF Version)
An information pamphlet on the rights and issues of indigenous children. Members of this group are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations as they often find themselves caught between their indigenous language, customs and values and those of the wider community.

UNICEF Canada - Global Classroom
Elementary resources:
Secondary resources:
A series of resources written by Canadian educators for use in classrooms, with a focus on encouraging 'critical literacies' in interdependence, diversity, children's rights, global citizenship, and peaceful conflict resolution. The curriculum-linked materials target elementary and secondary students, and in some cases are tailored to specific provinces. Through the lessons, students explore the causes of poverty and inequity and are encouraged to envision a better world. UNICEF speakers are also available for school visits.

UNICEF – Child Friendly Schools
UNICEF has developed a framework for rights-based, child-friendly educational systems and schools that are characterized as "inclusive, healthy and protective for all children, effective with children, and involved with families and communities - and children" (Shaeffer, 1999).

UNICEF Magic - Child Friendly Versions of the UNCRC
Links to the full-text version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 58 languages, as well as child-friendly versions in English, Farsi, German, Macedonian, Norwegian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Tetum, Turkmen and Welsh.

UNICEF - Resources for Teachers Provides information about UNICEF's priorities for helping children, as well as country overviews, real life stories and statistics on children from over 180 countries. Other resources include: support for teachers' professional development in child rights; web resources for teachers working with students on media projects; educational videos; and information on the education of girls around the world.

TeachUNICEF
Showcases a variety of resources including videos, lesson plans, and stories on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF United Kingdom - Education Resources
A database of classroom resources developed within a framework of rights and responsibilities to support many curriculum areas and age ranges. Users can search for publications and other resources by age group, subject and theme. Themes include: attitudes, bullying, child exploitation and labour, citizenship, gender, health, poverty, survival, tolerance and more.

World Vision Canada - Educational Resources - Advocacy in Action A resource for Grade 9-12 students to introduce the complex causes and impacts of rising global food prices; as well as a teacher toolkit of global education resources for Grades 2-8 (classroom-ready activities and videos to engage and inspire responsible global citizenship). Additional videos, activities and guides are available for all ages on international relief and development, HIV/AIDS, human rights, and water/the environment.

Youth for Human Rights Education Package
The Youth for Human Rights Education Package is designed for elementary, middle and high school students. It may be used as a full course or as a supplemental resource within another curriculum. The aim is to engage students in human rights topics and provide opportunities to put human rights principles into action and use.

Youth for Human Rights Online Education and Education Apps (iPad and iPhone)
Download the Youth for Human Rights curriculum in an app!

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