- The student will be able to define and explain the term nongovernmental organization
- The student will be able to define and explain the concept of human rights, citing at least two different perspectives
- The student will be able to describe what is meant by the term civil society The student will be able to identify 5 or more NGO’s, explaining their focus and interest
- The student will be able to cite at least two examples for 5 NGO’s demonstrating the role of that group in promoting human rights
- The student will be able to list at least three examples of the influence of an NGO in changing the status of human rights in a society.
- The student will be able to describe how the NGO’s use media /political action to promote their causes
These could all be used in pre/post assessment instruments.
Lessons (several class periods):
- Several NGOs are internationally known. Ask students to research larger NGOs If you have access to computers you can have websites ready for the students to examine. Give them a task – something to look for and record as they go through the website. It could be a paired/group assignment.
- After learning about the NGOs, ask students choose one problem that the NGO is advocating for. Then ask the students to role-play as an advocate for that NGO and how this problem is being addressed and resolved.
- What are the issues that the NGO is most concerned with?
- What has it done to build awareness about these issues?
- What NGOs can students get involved with and how?
- How can civil society and governments work together to address issue of human rights? (Teachers can provide examples or have the students research this topic)
- After the students research the NGOs, break the class in small groups of 4 to 6 and assign an NGO to each group.
- Describe role of NGO?
- Who are the people associated with the NGO?
- What is the affiliation, region and country associate with the NGO?
- What is the mission statement of the NGO?
- What type of activities is the NGO involved with (fresh water; building homes, etc)?
- Design and present to class
Research local NGOs and how students can get involved.