Through human rights education you, your family and your community can attain the knowledge, skills and disposition to change things in a positive way. We call our approach Colega. Colega is your friend, your buddy, your companion in teaching and learning human rights. Because these materials, this site, our organization, and everything we have, are for you, teachers and learners. Colega is meant to assist you to develop the skills and attitudes that promote equality, dignity, plurality, tolerance and respect in your community, society and worldwide. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the foundation and inspiration for Colega.
SUMMARY OF LESSONS:
Lesson 1: We All Have Rights
Human Rights are Inherent, Equal and Inalienable
1. When people’s human rights are upheld, everyone benefits.
2. The United Nations (UN) world community has created a list of human rights and children’s rights.
3. We should be able to exercise the rights agreed to by the UN.
Lesson 2: Is This Discrimination?
FREEDOM AND EQUALITY | PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION
1. Human dignity is the foundation for all human rights.
2. Everyone is entitled to all the same rights and freedoms without distinction of differences.
3. Discrimination against anyone — including women and girls — is a violation of human rights.
Lesson 3: My Family, My Future
RIGHT TO MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
1. The family is the basic unit of society and should be protected.
2. Parents and families have a role in supporting and guiding their children.
3. When you are legally of age (usually 18 years old), you have the right to get married and have a family. Both partners have the same rights when married or divorced.
Lesson 4: My Choice, Your Choice
FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF
1. Freedom of thought, conscience and religion are protected human rights.
2. Respect should be shown toward the beliefs of other people by the things we say and the way we act.
3. Religious diversity is part of human societies all over the world.
Lesson 5: Let’s Talk
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; [and] to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information.
2. You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others.
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