Why We Are Collecting Signatures for Human Rights Education
Paola Martinez | 01.02.2013
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a solution to prevent the horrors of World War II from ever occurring again.
Why We Are Collecting Signatures for
Human Rights Education
Members of Youth for Human Rights Florida have collected thousands of petition signatures as part of a human rights “Signathon”, with the purpose to encourage Florida elementary, middle and high schools to educate students about the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2013, volunteers will continue touring, not only the Tampa Bay area, but also Central Florida and asking people to sign the petition.
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a solution to prevent the horrors of World War II from ever occurring again. At that time the United Nations asked all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”
However, more than sixty years later, the 30 human rights delineated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are still not taught in schools throughout Florida, the United States or most countries of the world.
It is time to understand our human rights and make them a reality.
Youth for Human Rights teaches youth about human rights both in and out of the classroom so they become advocates for tolerance and peace. Designed to present the subject of human rights in multimedia formats suitable for all ages, the materials for this program include "The Story of Human Rights," a documentary video that illustrates the history of human rights through the ages; booklets and public service announcements that educate youth and adults on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and teaching aids that include a study guide, activities manual and educator's classroom kit.
As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated, "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream."
To learn more about your human rights or Youth for Human Rights visit: www.youthforhumanrights.org