Global Updates From World View
December 2010

Human Rights

nobel2010 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.

For over two decades, Liu Xiaobo has been a strong spokesman for the application of fundamental human rights also in China. He took part in the Tiananmen protests in 1989; he was a leading author behind Charter 08, the manifesto of such rights in China which was published on the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 10th of December 2008. The following year, Liu was sentenced to eleven years in prison and two years' deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of state power". Liu has consistently maintained that the sentence violates both China's own constitution and fundamental human rights.

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize today in absentia.

"The Nobel Peace Prize 2010 - Press Release". 10 Dec 2010


December 10th is Human Rights Day.  This day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The United Nations General Assembly declared that respect for human rights and human dignity “is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”   The theme for 2010 is Speak Up! and today recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end discrimination.  Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence.

Examining Human Rights issues can help bring a global perspective to the classroom and can be used as a platform for discussing global issues critically.  People are making a difference every day.  Read profiles of human rights defenders working across the globe and encourage your students to discuss challenges they face in their own communities and what they think they could do to help.  Visit the websites listed below and read headlines from newspapers from across the globe to stay on top of current issues.   Below are a few resources to help you get started.

Educator Resources

Amnesty International, Learn About Human Rights
Educators and students can find information on the human rights situation in more than 150 countries and on Amnesty International’s other key areas of work. Users can search by country or   Additionally, the Amnesty International Report 2010: The State of the World’s Human Rights is available at

Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Education
This site provides educator resources including film guides (including Hotel Rwanda, Kite Runner, and Blood Diamonds) and teaching guides that are designed to provide a solid framework for discussing human rights in the classroom.

Facing the Future
Facing the Future has complied a comprehensive collection of recommended resources for teaching and learning about human rights and social justice, including topics such as gender equality, refugees, and environmental justice. The resources are divided by grade level and each resource is linked to Facing the Future curriculum.

Human Rights in Action! United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Human Rights in Action! helps students understand the idea of human rights, gain a sense of themselves as people with dignity and rights, and encourages them to act. The website gives links, resources, questions, answers, and classroom guides for the topic of human rights.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.  The website highlights the work of the organization, including success stories.  Educators can use in depth reports and multimedia presentations available through the site to add a face to human rights issues around the world.

National Peace Corps Association
The NPCA has compiled a list of valuable resources that focus on human rights:

Oxfam Education

Oxfam Education offers a range of ideas, resources and support for developing the global dimension in the classroom and the whole school.  The website offers many curriculum resources for all grade levels that focus on human rights.

Teaching Tolerance
By Virtue of Being Human ( unit provides curricular activities for middle and high school grades.  Students also may enjoy taking the Human Rights Questionnaire, located here.  Teaching Tolerance also offers an educator kit to use with the film Viva La Causa.  This short film introduces a seminal event in the march for human rights - the Delano strike and grape boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. The kit includes a 39-minute DVD and a teacher's guide with standards-based lesson plans for secondary students.

Youth for Human Rights International
YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. By teaching human rights through all means—from conferences and workshops to hip-hop and dancing—this message has spread around the world. Any K12 educator can receive a free Youth for Human Rights Education Package by ordering online at

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt speaking before the United Nations on March 27, 1953.


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For Pre-Service Teachers

U.S.-France Teachers in Training Program offers undergraduate seniors or graduate students seeking teaching licensure in a variety of secondary education content areas a three-month program in France that includes language and cross-cultural study and a practicum in a French secondary school.  Deadlines:  January 28, February 28, March 28, 2011 (rolling admissions)

For In-Service Teachers

International Educational Seminars in India, Italy, or Greece provide a 5-8 week professional development opportunity for secondary teachers in summer 2011. Deadline: January 11, 2011

Intensive Summer Language Institutes for teachers of Mandarin and Arabic including elementary and secondary teachers, community college instructors, and those enrolled in teacher certification programs.  Deadline: March 1, 2011

International Educational Seminar for U.S. teachers interested in hosting a Thai teacher in 2011 then traveling to Thailand for a reciprocal visit in summer 2012. Deadline: March 28, 2011

Teachers for Global Classrooms, a new program for secondary teachers of English, Social Studies, Math, and Science provides professional development online and in Washington D.C. in 2011 followed by a two week international program in Spring/Summer 2012 in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Eastern Europe. 
March, 2011 

For Administrators

International Educational Seminars for elementary and secondary principals, assistant principals, and department chairs.  Participants host an administrator from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, or Thailand in 2011 then are hosted by this colleague on a reciprocal visit in summer 2012.   Deadline: March 28, 2011  

For Schools

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program invites schools with existing language programs in Mandarin and Arabic to apply to host a native language teacher from China or Egypt for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Deadline: January 31, 2011

Additional information on all programs is also available from the Teacher Exchange Branch at the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Please visit our website or contact us at (202) 632-6338

Belief Systems and Religions in East Asia

A Series of Collaborative Simulcast Broadcasts for K-12 Teachers, brought to you by NCTAN

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and the NC Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) invite you to participate in up to 5 free Saturday programs to learn about religions and belief systems in East Asia.  These sessions are free and offer CEU.  For more information, go to:

Christopher Columbus Awards Challenges Middle School Students

The Christopher Columbus Awards program recently announced its Call for Entries for the 2010-11 school year. The program challenges middle school students to explore opportunities for positive change in their communities. Teams of three or four students and a coach identify a community issue, and use the scientific process to solve it. Finalist teams win an all-expense-paid trip to the National Championship Week in Orlando, Fla, where final judging takes place, and the teams compete for Gold Medals, U.S. Savings Bonds and the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant. There is no fee to enter. For more information and competition guidelines visit . The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday, Feb. 7.