Fall 2011: Service-Learning: Taking Action for Human Rights

Service-Learning and Human Rights

"Knowledge without action is not knowledge." 

~ Hujwiri

Human Rights Education (HRE) ultimately aspires to promote and protect human dignity, not merely by valuing and respecting human rights, but by fostering personal action in order to guarantee these conditions. In addition, in order for HRE to be effective, it must not be only theoretical, but relevant to student's daily lives. As a pedagogical tool, service-learning is uniquely poised to address these challenges.

Teaching about human rights through service-learning transforms the classroom into a site of social change where  students are empowered to become active, critical citizens who question and inform society. Through service-learning,"teachers seek to connect the curriculum to students' lives and the world around them and guide students in critical inquiry, reflection, and action so they can identify and solve problems. Based on democratic values of freedom, justice, and equality, teaching results in questioning the status quo and becomes an act of resistance against injustices."

Packed full of ideas, resources, lesson plans, and tools on how to incorporate service-learning into the curriculum, this edition of Rights Sites News is dedicated to helping teachers take human rights education out of the classroom and into the community and turn their student's educational experience into an act of social justice.