Human Rights can be thought of as rights and freedoms that are integral to being a human being. These rights allow us to flourish and develop ourselves and our community. Each human being has an inherent dignity and worth and should be accorded respect. If people have their rights infringed upon, then this can cause havoc within communities, societies and nations. Humankind has struggled to articulate these rights and ensure their protection through documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which attempts to address inequalities and ensure the protection of all individuals. Canada has the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Manitoba has the Manitoba Human Rights Code and schools often have their own behavior codes. All of these, and other documents, attempt to ensure the protection and growth of each individual and community in our global village.
Human Rights education includes education FOR Human Rights, as well as ABOUT Human Rights. Students must not only understand their human rights but also be accorded these same rights within their school and community