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Educational Resources

Print Resources

Dear World/Cher monde

Canadian Children's Project. Agincourt, ON: Methuen Publications, 1986.

Canadian children's drawings, poems and stories explore the question "What would you do to put the world right?"

Every Kid's Guide to Understanding Human Rights

Berry, Joy. Chicago, IL: Children's Press, 1987

Explores why children have the right to be themselves, to have basic needs met, to contribute to decisions that affect them and their responsibilities.

CanadianCRC Editor's Note:

In 2004, we searched for this book. it appeared to be out of print

All Kinds: Who cares about race and colour?

Child's Play. New York, NY: Child's Play (International) Ltd., 1989

Examines similarities and differences between people. Emphasizes the need to care for one another because we are all part of one family.

For Every Child, A Better World

Gikow, Louise and Ellen Weiss. New York, NY: Muppet Press/Golden Book, 1993

Children learn that some children do not have the basic needs of life met. Vivid illustrations and simple text explain the rights of all children. ISBN: 0307156281

CanadianCRC Editor's Note:

In 2004, we searched for this book. it appeared to be out of print

Review From Publishers Weekly

This eager-to-please picture book wins plaudits for good intentions, though unfortunately for little else. Executed in a style that could well be called "Muppet multicultural" (the critters appear in just about every skin color imaginable, including purple, green and blue), the work is dedicated to the memory of Audrey Hepburn and published "in cooperation with the United Nations" (a portion of the proceeds will help support various U.N. projects). The double-spread pages present a series of happy/sad contrasts that employ minimal text ("Every child needs food to eat") and cartoon-like illustrations to depict the world's haves and have-nots. Kermit the Frog narrates and appears on the "happy" pages, declaring what every child has a right to--food, clean water, clean air to breathe, a home, education. The bright borders of these scenes evoke various settings--Africa, the Australian Outback, India, Greece, the Tyrol--and contrast sharply with the drab, mud-colored "sad" pages ("But sometimes there isn't enough"). The book's motive--to open children's minds and hearts to the world's problems--is admirable; however, the commercial tone and simplistic format lack subtlety and depth. Ages 5-9.


BBC World Service Teaching Activity


Video Resources

Claiming our Place in the Circle:

Indigenous Children's Rights:

The Caring for Indigenous Children Capacity Building Workshop

(1997, VHS Video, 27 min.) International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), at the University of Victoria, & Hildebrand Productions

This 27-minute video documents the extraordinary people and the circle that gathered in 1996 to create community and global strategies to strengthen indigenous children's rights to culturally-appropriate health care, education, protection and participation. An excellent educational tool for anyone working at the community-level in health care, education, social services or youth and child care and interested in promoting children's rights. $20.00 More ..


Echoing Of The Elders: Teachings For Coast Salish Youth.

(2000, VHS Video, 42 mns.) International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD), at the University of Victoria,  & Hildebrand Productions

This exciting video introduces the voices of traditionally trained Elders, Chiefs and youth in and around the Greater Victoria area. Echoing of the Elders seeks to transform the feelings of disconnection and displacement often felt by young people and place them in the context of the peoples' strong beliefs for each other. It offers a way of transforming those changes in directions that foster and encourage a flow of teachings to the youth, while honouring the teachers -the Elders- in a good way. These teachings can help guide and direct Aboriginal youth to help them find a balance in today's world.

The youth of today are the leaders and Elders of tomorrow. It is, therefore, important that our future leaders be firmly grounded in the teachings of the Elders now. The words of the Elders, Chiefs, and youth represent the echoes of at least twenty generations and speak of belonging, being strong and helping out. Our people have always believed in change, transformation and the gifts of the creator. The old peoples voices Echo for a new time and place. See it with friends, family and loved ones and especially with our youth. $20.00 More ..


Rights On!

1991: UNICEF Canada and YTV. (English). (20 minutes/segment; Gr. 3+)

Three video segments address participation of children and youth in Canada and in developing countries. Informal discussions explore youth opinions relating to the rights of the child.


Children First

1996. UNICEF, Reader's Digest, and National Film Board: English video # 96702; French video #96703 (55 minutes; Gr. 3 +)

Animated film addresses the basic rights of all children to a family, food, shelter, peace and dignity.


Kidzone III Your Rights

Vancouver, BC Knowledge Network (20 minutes)

Four short video stories address: cultural diversity; special needs and education; children's rights; environmental pollution; and the right to be heard.


Kidzone IV Child Rights

Vancouver, BC Knowledge Network (20 minutes)

Four short video stories address: children's right to privacy and the need to protect all rights; different families; environmental protection; and propaganda about different cultures.


Rights From the Heart/Droits au coeur

Hull, PQ: Canadian International Development Agency, and National Film Board. NFB # 0092093 (33 minutes)

A collection of seven wordless animated vignettes demonstrate children's right to learn with dignity, to be heard, to play, to adequate food, to be respected and to have a family, and that all children have the same rights.


Degrassi Kids Rap on Rights

1989. UNICEF-Canada: English & French (7 minutes; Gr. 3+)

A rap song enhances children's awareness of the need for universal human rights for children throughout the world.


Online Teaching Resources

Approaches to Human Rights Teaching: Materials for Schools. Helsinki: Finnish National Commission for UNESCO, 1989. Allahwerdi, Helena and Jaaskelheinen, Lisa.  A detailed, well-organized book of approaches, activities, and games to teach human rights to children, originally developed for Finnish schools but for use anywhere.

CPU Children's Rights Centre

Cape Breton University

Full curriculum available for grades 6 and 8. These rights curricula are part of Nova Scotia's education system. Site also offers information and many resources for kids, parents and educators.


It's Tough to be a Boy in American Schools

It's a bad time to be a boy in America, Christina Sommers says in her important new book, The War Against Boys. We are turning against boys, she writes. Boys need discipline, respect and moral guidance. They do not need to be pathologized. Sommer's book is packed with examples of the anti-male attitudes that pervade the public schools.

In my eldest daughter's pre-kindergarten class, run by parents in Greenwich Village, the children were from all sorts of ethnic and class backgrounds, but they always sorted themselves out by sex. The girls sat quietly at tables, drawing and talking. The boys all ran around screaming like maniacs, bouncing off the walls, raising so much ear-splitting commotion that my first reaction each day was a fleeting urge to strangle them all.

I do not believe that these male tots were acting out their assigned masculine gender roles in the patriarchical order. I think the obvious is true: Boys are different from girls. They like rough-and-tumble play. When they alight somewhere, they build something, then knock it down. They are not much interested in sitting quietly, talking about their feelings or working on relationships. They like action, preferably something involving noise, conflict and triumph.

Teachers know that girls are better suited to schooling. So if you want to teach boys, allowances must be made. One of the tragedies of the last 20 years or so is that school systems are increasingly unwilling to make those allowances. Instead, in the wake of the feminist movement, they have absorbed anti-male attitudes almost without controversy. They are now more likely to see ordinary boy behavior as something dangerous that must be reined in. Or they may tighten the screws on boys by drafting extraordinarily broad zero-tolerance and sexual-harassment policies. Worse, they may simply decide that the most active boys are suffering from attention deficit disorder and dope them up with Ritalin. More ..

General links not relating to children's rights issues but of interest to children and families

The Big Blue Bus - Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Learn about oceans and all things watery. More..

Canada Science and Technology Museum - Kids' Zone. Games, information and interactive fun for kids. More..

Canadian Children's Museum - Site for the museum made just for kids! More..

Canadian Museum of Nature - Discover nature on-line. More..

Canadian Wildlife Service Kids' Zone  More..

CBC Kids Games and useful links for school projects. Even a section for preschoolers More..

Confederation for Kids (Ages 9 to 13). Learn how Canada became a country.  More..

First Among Equals: Canadian Prime Ministers: Children's Site (Ages 9 to 12). Learn about Prime Ministers, past and present, and their very important job - Teachers' resources.  More..

First Among Equals: Canadian Prime Ministers (Trivia and Concentration Games) Learn about Canada's Prime Ministers with these fun games. More..

Virtual Museum of Canada - Fun and Games - On-line educational games on a variety of Canadian topics. More..

Great Lakes Kids - Games, activities and info about the Great Lakes. More..

Kids Can Savelink was www.kidscansave.gc.ca (link not working 01DEC08)

Play in the Land of Toog to learn about saving money.

KidSpace - Canadian Space Agency

Fun and learning about space, science and astronauts.

Kids' Stop - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Learn about Aboriginal Peoples and culture.

Learning Centre for Students

Great sites and information about award-winning Canadian books.

NRCat - Games and Information About Canada's Natural Resources

Games and information that could help with your homework.

Page by Page: Creating a Children's Book

Learn how children's books are made.

Passageways: True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers

(Ages 8 to 13)

Learn about the explorers who discovered Canada.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police - RCMP Safety Tips Colouring Book

Print the book, colour the pictures, and learn about safety.

SchoolNet

Over 7000 learning resources for students and teachers.

Safe Summer Fun

Learn how to keep your summer safe.

Stamp Quest

A stamp collecting adventure from Canada Post.

Statistics Canada's Students Page

Learning resources, activities and statistics.

Tale of Tulips

A true fairy tale about tulips and princesses.

General education links not related to children's rights.

The Big Blue Bus - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Learn about oceans and all things watery.

Canada Post - Explore the Planet!

Entertaining and educational lesson guides with a postal theme.

Canada Science and Technology Museum - Kids' Zone

Games, information and interactive fun for kids.

Canada's Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth

For children, youth, families and teachers.

Canadian Children's Museum

Site for the museum made just for kids!

Canadian Museum of Nature - Discover!

Discover nature on-line.

Comprehensive School Health

Promoting healthy students in healthy schools.

Confederation for Kids (Ages 9 to 13)

Learn how Canada became a country - Teachers' resources.

Dig It!

Educational programs at the Currency Museum.

First Among Equals: Canadian Prime Ministers: Children's Site (Ages 9 to 12)

Learn about Prime Ministers, past and present, and their very important job - Teachers' resources.

Great Lakes Kids

Games, activities and info about the Great Lakes.

Learner's Toolkit - CanLearn Interactive

Links to learning resources from on-line geology labs to the complete works of Shakespeare.

KidSpace - Canadian Space Agency

Fun and learning about space, science and astronauts.

Kids' Stop - Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Learn about Aboriginal Peoples and culture.

Learning Centre for Students

Great sites and information about award-winning Canadian books.

Learning Centre - Library and Archives Canada

Education products and services for teachers and students.

Page by Page: Creating a Children's Book - Lesson Plans

Learn how children's books are made.

Public Safety - SafeCanada.ca

Safety and security information for teachers.

Road Safety - Child Safety

Road and car safety information from Transport Canada.

Statistics Canada's Learning Resources

For teachers and for students from elementary to post-secondary.

Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill - Lesson Plans

From Library and Archives Canada.

The Virtual Museum of Canada

Drawing upon treasures from across Canada's museum community.

Voices and Choices

An on-line strategic planning tool that engages students in identifying their health and school needs, and helps to develop strategies to address these needs.