Human Right Number Twenty-One
The Right to Democracy
We all have the right to take part in the government of our country. Every grown-up should be allowed to choose their own leaders.
What would the country look like if we did not have a Democracy?
Discuss the importance of voting and what happens to the country and government if people just stop showing up to vote.
What if every young person between 18-25 actually voted? How would it change things?
Set up a debate in the club. Have the students pick a topic to cover and do research on over the next week. The debate will be during the next club meeting. The debate procedure will take about 30 minutes, making this activity a little longer than the others so make sure everyone is planning for this.
Set up two teams of 5 people each for the debate. Let students volunteer for this. Each team should have a team captain. Note that each team will be switching “sides” halfway through and debating from the opposing viewpoint.
Find out when the next election is. Create posters encouraging parents to vote if there is one coming up soon. (Note, these posters do not have to be politically swayed to a party - they can simply be reminders for people to go and vote.)
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.
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How did your meeting/activities go for this human right?