New Poll: one in three teachers feel ill-equipped to teach human rights
“At a time of heightened interest in human rights it is fascinating that teachers feel there is much work to be done in this area in schools and in curriculum terms. As we look towards the anniversary of Magna Carta this year, it is surely good news that teachers believe teaching human rights is so important.“We are supporting the Amnesty Youth Awards because we believe that our young people should have as full a grasp of human rights as possible.”
"These findings are a concern. Imagine if we were talking about English, Maths or Science? Human Rights are principles upon which we rely on a daily basis. But at Amnesty we know it's not always easy for teachers to find the space for human rights education in schools. That's why we do everything we can to produce relevant, enriching curriculum linked resources to support teachers in engaging their students."
"Unfortunately there is a stigma that surrounds standing up for human rights amongst most teenagers I know. But on the other hand there is a basic understanding of what it means to have a human right and why it is important."
“The idea of ‘human rights’ is thrown about a lot, but not many question what it actually means. To many, it is a convenient excuse. People know they have rights, but not what exactly they are, or what impact not having rights would have.“In a society, and in a privileged corner of England, human rights are not discussed because they are never truly denied. When not personally affected, I find that global issues only go skin deep. Human rights are not a problem for the lucky few and therefore unworthy of attention. Like so many other commodities, we have taken them for granted.”
Notes to the Editor
- 671 teachers took part in the TES-Amnesty survey which was operated via SurveyMonkey around Christmas.
- Amnesty’s Youth Awards is being run in partnership with the TES and sponsored by SOAS, University of London
- For a full breakdown of the poll results visit www.tesconnect.com/amnesty
- To arrange an interview please contact TES or Amnesty International.