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Human Right Number Twenty-Two

Social Security

We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, education, and childcare, enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill or old.

Discussion Topics

Do you think if someone is in a car accident and doesn’t have insurance, should they get different care in the hospital than someone who does? Discuss their answers. 


Follow up with, let’s say you have an allowance of $50 a week but somebody else doesn’t get an allowance. So in order for them to get an allowance you have to give up $5 a week. Discuss. Ok, what if you only get $25 so more people can get an allowance (your other $25 would to go the group). Discuss. Ok, what if you only get $10 a week so everyone can have an allowance (the other $40 going to the whole group).  Discuss.


*Debate from previous week. 


1. Explain that a debate is used to allow people to speak their thoughts. It is a way of expressing themselves in public. 


2. State the rules:


No put-downs

No interruptions

No talking or whispering while another speaker is talking (audience included)


3. Assign one student from the audience as the timekeeper. The timekeeper sits in the back of the room and signals the students when time is almost up by flashing ten fingers twice to indicate twenty seconds left, flashing ten fingers one to indicate ten seconds or holding up five fingers to indicate five seconds left.


4. Start the debate by having the team represent “for” go first. Each team has five minutes to state their side and convince the audience that their view is the most correct. Each team member has one minute to make a contribution to his team’s argument. 


5. After each team has spoken for five minutes, switch sides. Now everyone on the “for” side will been the “against” side. Each team now has five minutes on the other side to convince the audience that their view is the most correct. Each team member again has one minute to make a contribution to his team’s argument.


There should be a group discussion at the end with all of the club members. Talk about how the debate went, how well everyone respected the other group members, etc.

Important Note

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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