Human Rights Education
Amnesty International believes that learning about human rights is the first step toward respecting, promoting and defending the rights of all people. Teaching human rights means both conveying ideas and information concerning human rights and nurturing the values and attitudes that lead to the support of those rights.
About Human Rights Education
Human rights education is both a lens through which to observe the world and a methodology for teaching and leading others.
Amnesty International believes that learning about human rights is the first step toward respecting, promoting and defending those rights. The Human Rights Education program (HRE) was established in order to facilitate the teaching of human rights. Designed to support teachers of kindergarten through college as well as educators working in non-formal settings such as community associations and cultural forums, HRE is dedicated to promoting the human rights principles and positive value system that are set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Amnesty International's Human Rights Education Program provides resource materials as well as training and networking opportunities. All educators, formal, informal, and potential, are invited to join our Human Rights Education Network (HRE Network), which currently includes a range of teachers from those just beginning to consider including human rights education in their curriculum to long-time activists/human rights educators.
Teaching about human rights means both conveying ideas and information concerning human rights and nurturing the values and attitudes that lead to the support of those rights.
Amnesty International USA Orientation
Welcome to Amnesty International's Online Orientation. This course will help orient you to Amnesty International and to human rights. There are four modules and a reference guide. We strongly encourage volunteer leaders and group leaders to spend a few moments and take this course, as it will provide you with foundational information you need to be effective within AIUSA.
Module 1: About Amnesty International
Learn about Amnesty International's mission and vision, history, working methods, and organizational structure.
Module 2: International Human Rights Standards Get important background about international human rights standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of rights, and other supplemental treaties.
Module 3: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Learn about economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, which relate to the conditions necessary to meet basic human needs such as food, shelter, education, health care, and gainful employment. This module provides a basic understanding of specific ESC rights. As Amnesty International develops its research, actions, and campaigning in this area, it is important that members expand their knowledge in this area.
Module 4: Membership Structures
Understand membership structures at AIUSA, including individual membership, group membership, network structures, and volunteer leadership roles, and see how these all play a vital part in successful activism.
Our teaching guides are designed to provide a solid framework for discussing human rights in your classroom.