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Human rights teaching resources

Human rights Teaching Resources

The right to live without violence, hunger, poverty, inequality: these engaging resources encompass a wide range of human rights, and ask classes to consider how they affect their lives, and those of people across the globe.


Zainab Yaebu Touray working with other community women on the community garden, Mapake village, Makeni District, Seirra Leone.

Photo: Aubrey Wade/ActionAid

Meet the children of DRC

Experience a day in the life of a child living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with these photos and stories of the children who call this country home. Encourage your KS1 or KS2 class to compare their lives with children living around the world using the photos of Elisa and Ca Depend below and the worksheets included in your download.

Meet the children of Afghanistan

Experience a day in the life of an Afghan child with these photos and stories of the children living in Afghanistan. Encourage your KS1 or KS2 class to compare their lives with children living around the world using the photos of Freshta and Zakia below and the worksheets included in your download.

Tax, fairness and 'Philosophy for Children'

To get your class thinking about fairness, equality and community we’ve teamed up with SAPERE, the creators of ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) resources. Using the subject of tax avoidance, this resource is made up of age-appropriate activities which have been written with your pupils in mind.

The children who saved their school

Use this incredible, true story to give literacy lessons an inspirational lift.  Along with reading, writing, spelling and creative activities, three homemade videos tell the story of the children who fought to stop their school closing down, and won!

Water teaching resources

With lessons for KS1, KS2 and KS3 classes, these resources get pupils thinking about the need for clean water as well as water usage in their school and their own lives. Using case studies and a photopack, pupils meet six-year-old Helena and learn how newly built water and sanitation facilities improved education in a school in Sierra Leone.

What is inequality? - Food and hunger

This activity-led Key Stage 2 resource gets your pupils investigating food inequality and how hunger affects millions of people around the globe. Includes the starter ‘What is inequality?’, a selection of engaging activities and three case studies of children facing hunger and its consequences.

What is inequality? - Gender

This resource is full of simple activities to get your pupils thinking about what gender inequality means and how it effects people’s lives around the world. Includes the starter activity ‘What is inequality?’ and a case study of how ActionAid has helped women farmers in Sierra Leone.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) teaching resources

Created for Key Stage 3 and 4 citizenship and PSHE classes, these resources focus on dispelling myths around FGM. They also include the powerful stories of those who have been affected by FGM and those who are working to eradicate it. 

Syria: Children in conflict

Encourage your pupils to compare and contrast their lives with that of Israa, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, living in Zaatari Refugee Camp, northern Jordan. Discover what life was like for Israa before and after the civil war started and write newspaper articles or blog posts about Israa’s story.