School program: Be an Upstander (Grades 5 to 8)

Program length: 60 minutes

A Museum guide showing five students how to engage with the digital table, around which they are all standing.

Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

School program details

Students explore the contributions of outstanding Canadian human rights defenders and participate in an interactive game to inspire them to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

Students will:

  • Learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with particular attention to the role of Canadian John Humphrey in Turning Points for Humanity on Level 4.
  • Experience exhibits that look at the personal life journeys of Canadian and international human rights defenders, and how they became upstanders for human rights in Rights Today on Level 5.
  • Participate in a digital interactive game on how every action counts. Students are presented with scenarios and make choices on issues. In doing this, they explore how they can have a direct role in creating a society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. This activity takes place in Actions Count on Level 4.
  • Discuss how human rights affect us all and how each one of us can make a difference in Inspiring Change on Level 7.