Write for Rights introduces students to human rights by writing letters to help 10 real young people around the world who are at risk just for their peaceful human rights activism. By participating in Write for Rights, students develop effective writing skills and experience firsthand the power of their words to make a difference. Students’ letters are actually delivered to the people who have the power to positively influence each case. For example, in Write for Rights 2018, letters from students supported and amplified the work of Gulzar Duishenova in Kyrgyzstan and joined the call for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed on March 14, 2019. This is a free annual letter-writing project by Amnesty International. To participate, educators simply sign up and then students write letters in their classroom. An Educator’s Guide, Case Sheets, Samples Letters, and other tools are available on Amnesty International’s website. Along with submitting letters, participants can enter an online drawing for a chance to win $500 to travel to Amnesty International’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, in March 2020.
Deadline: Students’ letters should be mailed, either directly using the addresses on the Case Sheets or in one envelope via postal mail, by January 31, 2020.
Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Behind My Mask / Detras de me cubrebocasis a pedagogical tool to engage bilingual youth in conversations around identity and emotions amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Written in English and Spanish, the book includes reflective activities about emotions and promotes the use of masks.