Online tool places human rights resources a click away

September 23, 2014 ATA Staff

A new online tool is available to help teachers find resources focused on human rights.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation have combined to create the Canadian Human Rights Toolkit, a central hub of educational resources available at no charge to all K–12 teachers.

The online database contains more than 200 teacher-reviewed resources and tools, which include teachers’ guides, manuals, study guides and handbooks. These can be filtered by province, language, grade level and subject area. The database contains material in English and French.

“Teachers across Canada are committed to integrating human rights into their classes, but we know that only one in four has all the training and resources they need for human rights education,” said Stuart Murray, president and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

“These resources will fill gaps in human rights education and better equip teachers to prepare appropriate lessons to engage students and enrich their human rights learning experiences.”

A 2012 survey found that teachers have a need for more reliable human rights tools and resources but often lack the time to seek them out.

Still in the early stages, the toolkit will be an evolving database of Canadian and international resources, and will grow with the help of user-contributed content to provide teachers with access to new ideas and practices being used by teachers all across the country.

“The online toolkit was built by teachers to respond to a need expressed by teachers, and our plan is to ensure that resources will continue to be reviewed by teachers so that the toolkit will continue to contain high-quality educational resources,” said Dianne Woloschuk, president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. ❚

The Canadian Human Rights Toolkit is available on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ website at www.humanrightsmuseum.ca and on the CTF’s Imagineaction website at www.imagine-action.ca.

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