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Tools  for Action

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Social Entrepreneurs: The job of a social entrepreneur is to recognize when a part of society is stuck and to provide new ways to get it unstuck. He or she finds what is not working and solves the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry. Covers human rights, health, environment and civic participation, different regions, links, newsletter and ways to get involved with volunteering as intern.

Definition of Advocacy

"A specific change in a program or determined decision that is defined and achieved through a strategic plan"

Specific change: Know where you are going, what you want to achieve.

Program or policy: What is the target, the influence you seek to achieve?

Strategic plan: How to take advantage of limited resources in an efficient manner.

Advocacy is a means of increasing the influence, or voice, of citizens regarding the government. More than simply by voting, advocacy is carried out in the media, through direct meetings with Congressional representatives, demonstrations, meetings, etc.

Before you begin consider: WomenWatch
This Link offers actions steps to help the girl child based on the work of the Beijing Platform. These actions can also be applied to the solutions below.

Building Global Capacity from the School for International Training is a training workshop on how to implement solutions. It is recommended that this be read or taught by the teacher as a model on how to proceed. The link brings you to a ADVOCACY TRAINING WORKSHOP (Link to Building global capacity page)

Links to additional Human Rights Resources
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Links to Policy Advocacy Networks - SIT

Educators Resource Center
Search on links or join a discussion on available resources. Search for lessons, activities and programs to facilitate the teaching of environment and human rights issues. Connect k-12 education with social action.

Human Rights Glossary
From Ohio Northern University International Law Society

Human Rights Education Links, resources for Primary Library and other databases to other regions
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Human Rights Education

Latin America and Caribbean

Eastern Europe/Newly Independent States

Asia-Pacific Region

Africa and Middle East

Western Europe

Methodologies for Human Rights Education
Richard Pierre Claude Professor Emeritus University of Maryland A Project of the Independent Commission on Human Rights. Curriculum planning, guidelines for teachers, enhancing cognitive skills for using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human rights education for Empowerment.

Partners In Human Rights Education
Search for Lesson plans for K-12 to help students learn about human rights and practice respect for others.

Peace Resource Center
Activities and sample lessons to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UDHR50 Cultural Bridges 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Curriculum Suggestions and sample lesson plans
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To Love Children International offers links and tools to gather information and create steps to solutions to produce results. Create a list of keywords from the solutions offered to conduct your own research.

  • Student centered teaching through use of Internet and collaborative learning. Providing access to materials in all formats.

  • Creation of parent-teacher associations based on the United States model and facilitated by community based organizations.

  • Sex Stereotyping removed from curriculum and textbooks. National standards and frameworks to guide local, national, regional, and international publishers.

  • National and International standards in Multicultural education. Specific teaching based on the international legal frameworks as outlined in Appendix Three and Four.

  • Teacher training to encourage girls educational participation. Staff development in technology and teaching methodologies introducing new teaching methods for collaborative learning, student centered learning focused on critical thinking problem solving for real world problems.

  • More women teachers trained and jobs made available Teacher education Centers and accredited schools to develop more women to teach.

  • Gender focus awareness training for all-i.e. HIV/AIDS. Coordination with WHO and Doctors without Borders to come in and give seminars.

  • Increased access to technology (Internet) with appropriate training for direct benefit of the poor. Cooperation with micro lenders i.e. Grameen Bank.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity legislation to set the standard on a national and international level promoted.

  • Scholarships in developed world for girls to attend University.

  • Increased access to literature, music, arts, film to promote opportunity and awareness. This is available through the Internet.

  • Labor saving devices made more available to girls and women. Emphasis on environmental friendly devices.

  • Coordination of grassroots groups organizing in the developed world of teachers and students, Peace Corp, World Health Organization, Grameen Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Non Government Organization’s, UNICEF, development agencies & non-profit organizations, to pool resources and focus on poverty and girl education.

  • Introduction and the International, Regional, National level of organizations where men are in power and introduce training and awareness programs based on international documents and conventions their country have already ratified.

  • Democratization of the least developed countries through the leadership of the United Nations.

  • Identify and reallocate funding in order to create sustainable economic and educational growth for girls.

  • Creation of an Education Development World Fund based on the model created for HIV/AIDS.

  • Teacher and student exchange programs from all over the world to expand on programs that now exist between developed countries.

  • Training teachers in gender equality sensitivity is mandatory.

  • Gender balanced staff in all schools.

  • Parent involvement in the schools through child-parent shared learning opportunities on the web.

  • Involvement of Multi National Corporations in the country they are investing make a contribution of a percentage of their profits to education.

  • Long distance learning projects on the Internet to reach teachers, elite to promote dialogues and changes.

  • Education literacy training to include, emotional, health, agricultural, economic, problem solving skills, and marketing and management literacy for all children primary and secondary.

  • ChildCare programs that foster and supports local traditional practices of women at home that are retired to care for the young mothers and girls.

  • Coordination of Work and all school policies and programs in order to allow for income flow to very poor families.

  • Adult education programs for women and adolescent girls.

  • Adult education programs at factories and all industries.

  • Life long learning programs for girls and women can be promoted on Internet.

  • Education programs for boys for gender sensitization is badly needed.

  • Sex education programs designed to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual diseases.

  • Systems put into place to ensure girl safety traveling to and from school from rape and sexual violence. This prevents girls from attending school.

  • Use of world media to launch public awareness campaigns targeted to the promotion of girl friendly schools. A global wide Internet wide Promotion Campaign.

  • Children through use of Internet sites begin sharing resources and ideas and communication between classrooms all over the world. Where there is technology in place programs that foster classroom to classroom should be emphasized.

  • Development of new policies’ i.e. equal employment opportunities acts at the national level.

  • Policies to ensure schools become quality and relevant.

  • Involvement of children world wide through Internet. And with the Program "Adopt a School" where one school in the West looks after a school in a developing country.

  • Community centered schools where design of school incorporates the needs of the community and is used for both needs of the community, library and village meeting.

  • Relevant assessment and standard exams to allow for the educational process to continue the Bottom Up approach for communities to take charge of changes in educational system.

  • Increase the role of Non Governmental Organization’s and civil society so that the resources invested are meeting poor peoples need for social cultural and economic well being.

  • Build connections between the poor-Non Governmental Organization’s-Community and at the national level to ensure that the limited resources will be applied to do the most good.

  • Involve Women and girls in the community decision making in an education committee.

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