Human Right Number Nineteen
Freedom of Expression
We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people.
Ask the students what this means to them.
Find out what their favorite way to express themselves is.
Sometimes people get made fun of for expressing themselves, like singing along with songs, or art they are making. Find out if this has ever happened to them or if they’ve seen it. Go over how and why this is a violation of this human right.
Do a show and tell. Give each student 2-5 minutes to present the item they brought in. Can be presented in any way they would like. (Speaking, music, poetry, etc.)
Another activity could be to put on a mini talent show amongst the club members. Have volunteers present their talent. Let everyone know this is a supportive space, everyones human rights are to be respected and no making fun. (Remind them of No Discrimination, being kind as in Marriage & Family, Freedom of Thought and most importantly Freedom of Expression)
*Note, this is a right that should be handled with extra care so as not to criticize or correct what the students say. Simply acknowledge the students’ answers and show them respect or speaking their minds, even if you disagree. Steer the discussion, if necessary, by asking thoughtful questions without any judgmental undertones.
Resist the temptation to play all 30 human rights videos at this point. Save those for each meeting that follows. Carry out the activities and let your students’ own visions of the 30 human rights materialize as the lessons unfold, one at a time.
We would love feedback on your first week and to see pictures of your group participating in these activities! Please submit to us below:
How did your meeting/activities go for this human right?