Dear Human Rights Education Community and Friends in Other NCSS Communities:
OMG! Did Human Rights Day sneak up on you again?? It always does sneak up on educators because of THE DATE THEY ADOPTED THE DARNED THING!! December 10!! What were they thinking of, those world leaders? Didn't they know that the school year is going nuts right around December 10? At least it is in the United States. What was Eleanor thinking??!! Just past Thanksgiving, just before the many faith-based and cultural celebrations of the "Holiday Season." Just when report cards are coming due, semesters are ending, tests are being given, etc., etc.
THE OFFICE OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RIGHTS(OHCHR) HAS A SOLUTION!!
This Human Rights Day, this very Sunday, December 10,2017, is the 69th anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). So, NEXT YEAR, December 10, 2018 will be the 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UDHR P. So, OHCHR has declared this year between December 10, 2017 and December 10, 2018 the year to #StandUp4HumanRights. They have a website with helpful ideas about how world citizens of every age can bring human rights home to our own communities and to the world (http://standup4humanrights.org/en/index.html).
Your own NCSS Human Rights Education Community is planning to make #StandUp4HumanRights our motto and our theme as we work with you and with schools and communities throughout the country to make our schools human rights friendly learning environments for everyone – students, teachers, staff, parents, neighbors, communities! The NCSS House of Delegates unanimously approved our proposed resolution to
'encourage and support the development of school-wide and district-wide programs to integrate awareness of and respect for the dignity and essential humanity of all persons, to embrace and accept different origins, beliefs, statuses and characteristics within an environment of inclusion, support and tolerance and to guide students to develop an ethic of civic engagement that incorporates these values.'
So don't think of Human Rights Day 2017 as the end of this year's cycle of observed civic holidays. Think of it as the start of the year to #StandUp4HumanRights.
Begin by making a pledge to yourself. Then tell your colleagues and students (and your family members and community, too) what you have promised yourself and invite them to make the same commitment. The good people at #StandUp4HumanRights have a pledge for you. They even have a website where you can tell them you're on board. But, that's not as important as telling yourself that you're on board.
Here's the Pledge:
I PLEDGE: ____________________________________
If you want to, click on the "I Pledge" link and send your commitment along to the website above. They will thank you. More important, click on your own heart and sign up there. I'm attaching a prettier copy of the pledge to this discussion post that you can post or pass around – one jpeg copy in this post and a set of 4 on one page to print and use.
Happy Human Rights Day, NCSS! Let's start the year off right!!