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Last year, over 680,000 young people participated in Global Dignity Day events in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Join us for Global Dignity Day 2019 on October 16th!

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We’ve created a variety of curriculum ideas, resources, and a Toolkit to help you organize small group Dignity Workshops and learning experiences in classrooms, community and youth groups, under tents in refugee camps – anytime and anywhere.

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We work in more than 70 countries around the world. If you’d like to find the Global Dignity Chapter in your country, please select the button below.

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There are so many things you can do right now to lead a life that is based on the values and principles of dignity.

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Global Dignity began in one classroom with 30 students in 2006. Last year, 680,000 young people across 74 countries participated in Global Dignity activities. Be part of our growing movement by volunteering in your country.

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Every nonprofit organization is only as strong as its base and network of support. We would so appreciate your support of our efforts at any level.

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Global Dignity partners with numerous organizations that share our commitment to the dignity values and principles. Learn more about our current Partner Organizations, or contact us about becoming a Partner.

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Teaching Dignity

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom

Teaching Tools

We’ve created a variety of curriculum ideas, resources and links on dignity along with a toolkit to help you organize small group Dignity Workshops and learning experiences in classrooms, community and youth groups, under tents in refugee camps – anytime and anywhere. 

Most of our Country Chairs and Partner Organizations who started by organizing Global Dignity Day each October have expanded their outreach and organizing to year-round forums and workshops.

Teaching Tools

Learning Experiences

The Learning Experiences have been designed to work in a variety of settings with learners of all ages. The experiences can be stand-alone activities for use on Global Dignity Day, or they can be used throughout the year. Each experience ranges from fifteen minutes to two hours to allow for maximum flexibility and customization. We recommend everyone start with the common experience, “What is Dignity.” The remaining experiences are organized into three categories: Understand, Explore and Share.

Ages 5-9 Learning Experience

You can view and download individual lessons for this age group below. The entire Ages 5-9 experience can be downloaded by using the download button.

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Ages 5-9 | Objective One

Understand

Students consider Global Dignity’s definition of dignity, as well as its 5 principles. Students then delve deeper into dignity’s meaning and its connection to their lives.

What is Dignity?

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Where I Stand

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Why Is Dignity Important

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I am Worthy

730KB | Ages 5-9

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We Are All Connected

737KB | Ages 5-9

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Dignity Definition and Principles

690KB | Ages 5-9

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Preparing for Global Dignity Day

699KB | Ages 5-9

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10 Tips for Starting the Dignity Conversation

715KB | Ages 5-9

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Ages 5-9 | Objective Two

Explore

Students develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for dignity by exploring a variety of examples of dignity role models and dignity stories.

What is Dignity: Dignity Videos

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Dignity Every Day : What Would You Do?

735KB | Ages 5-9

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What Does Dignity Look Like?

752KB | Ages 5-9

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Dignity Every Day Worksheet

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Images: What Does Dignity Look Like

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Ages 5-9 | Objective Three

Share

Students identify examples of dignity in their own lives, describe them in writing or in a visual format, and share them with others. We provide suggestions for how to share Dignity Day work via social media and globally with other participants.

Essential Elements of Your Dignity Story

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Identifying Your Dignity Story

733KB | Ages 5-9

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Make a Statement

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Essential Elements of Dignity Worksheet

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What Dignity Means to Me Worksheet

79KB | Ages 5-9

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Ages 10+ Learning Experience

You can view and download individual lessons for this age group below. The entire Ages 10+ experience can be downloaded by using the download button.

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Ages 10+ | Objective One

Understand

Students consider Global Dignity’s definition of dignity, as well as its 5 principles. Students then delve deeper into dignity’s meaning and its connection to their lives.

What is Dignity

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Where I Stand

915KB | Ages 10+

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My Dignity Goals

911KB | Ages 10+

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Why is Dignity Important

714KB | Ages 10+

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I am Worthy

730KB | Ages 10+

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Envisioning Dignity

907KB | Ages 10+

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Dignity Definition and Principles

61KB | Ages 10+

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Preparing for Global Dignity Day

699KB | Ages 10+

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10 Tips for Starting the Dignity Conversation

715KB | Ages 10+

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Envisioning Dignity Worksheet

85KB | Ages 10+

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Ages 10+ | Objective Two

Explore

Students develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for dignity by exploring a variety of examples of dignity role models and dignity stories.

What is Dignity: Dignity Videos

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Dignity Every Day: What would you do?

917KB | Ages 10+

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What Does Dignity Look Like

760KB | Age 10+

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George Orwell's Dignity Story

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Dignity Story

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Jacqueline Novogratz’s Dignity Story

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Dignity and Entrepreneurism

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Dignity in the News

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Dignity Search

897KB | Age 10+

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Dignity History

896KB | Ages 10+

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A Hanging: By George Orwell

917KB | Ages 10+

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An Oral History Guide: Dignity History

903KB | Age 10+

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Jacqueline Novogratz on Dignity: Quotes

840KB | Ages 10+

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Jacqueline Novogratz's Dignity Story: Transcript

880KB | Ages 10+

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Dignity and Entrepreneurism Worksheet

109KB | Age 10+

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Dignity Every Day Worksheet

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Dignity Day: Take Action Worksheet

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Images: What Does Dignity Look Like

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Ages 10+ | Objective Three

Share

Students identify examples of dignity in their own lives, describe them in writing or in a visual format, and share them with others. We provide suggestions for how to share Dignity Day work via social media and globally with other participants.

Essential Elements of Your Dignity Story

908KB | Ages 10+

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Human Rights and Your Dignity Story

910KB | Ages 10+

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Identifying Your Dignity Story

891KB | Ages 10+

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Creatively Telling Your Dignity Story

929KB | Ages 10+

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Make a Statement

901KB | Ages 10+

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Essential Elements of Dignity Worksheet

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What Dignity Means to Me

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Dignity Stories: Examples

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Teaching Tools

Toolkits

The following toolkits were created to help educators, facilitators, or volunteers organize Global Dignity activities and experiences for participants of all ages. Included in the toolkits are ideas and resources for leading small to large-scale events and experiences on Global Dignity Day or throughout the year.

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Organizing Global Dignity Day

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Teaching Resources

Still want to explore the values and principles behind dignity? Here are additional videos, links to curriculum and other organizations for you to explore.

Exploring Dignity

Exploring Dignity

Dignity as Development

In this chapter, Global Dignity co-founder Pekka Himanen makes the case for why the principles and values behind dignity form such a powerful foundation for efforts to protect the environment and create sustainable economies, tackle inequality and create vibrant, safe communities.

Suggested Use

Use this chapter during the What is Dignity Learning Experience as a means of further exploring the meaning of dignity. Best for ages 14 and up. Also a great resource for nonprofit, civil society and community leaders, and Global Dignity leaders and facilitators.

facinghistory.org

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Exploring Dignity

Facing History Educator Resource

Facing History provides educators with resources geared towards increasing students’ and young peoples’ awareness and understanding of issues such as racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice.

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Educators and Facilitators can use resources to design classroom lessons and activities that can be used in conjunction with Dignity Day activities or throughout the year.

youtube.com

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Exploring Dignity

International Humanistic Management Association video on dignity

This animated video provides an overview of what it means to treat others with dignity.

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This video can be used as an introduction to dignity, especially for younger ages, 6 - 12.

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Exploring Dignity

Dignity | Ajit George | TEDx College of William & Mary

Beyond money and education, dignity is the intangible key to living a better life. Watch as Ajit George, Director of Operations for the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, gives a TEDx talk about the importance of dignity.This TEDx Talk is a great intro for anyone interested in the meaning of dignity as a concept.

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Educators and Facilitators can use resources to design classroom lessons and activities that can be used in conjunction with Dignity Day activities or throughout the school year.

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Exploring Dignity

Jacqueline Novogratz on Dignity

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund using entrepreneurial approaches to help solve global poverty. Novogratz discusses the importance of building solutions based on dignity to tackle poverty, through choice and opportunity.

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Use this video to start a discussion around dignity and have young people reflect on what they think the word means.

tolerance.org

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Exploring Dignity

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is a site full of resources (such as curriculum, professional development, and a blog) to help educators guide discussions and activities on diversity, equity, and justice.

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Educators and Facilitators can use resources to design classroom lessons and activities that can be used in conjunction with Dignity Day activities or throughout the year.

youtube.com

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Exploring Dignity

Dignity Song

The song was written and composed by evolutionary musician Dave Stewart and performed by up-and-coming lyrical hip-hop artist Nadirah X in support of Global Dignity. "Dignity" captures the great spectrum of ways in which people can express dignity and have a positive impact on the world.

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Use this song to start your discussions around dignity and have students reflect on what they think the word means. Or, use the song to inspire young people to write a song or a poem.

psychologytoday.com

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Exploring Dignity

What is the Real Meaning of Dignity? By Donna Hicks

This brief article explores the meaning and impact of dignity in people’s lives, workplaces, and nations. It is appropriate for ages 10+

Suggested Use

Use this video during the What is Dignity Learning Experience as a means of further exploring the meaning of dignity.

pbslearningmedia.org

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Exploring Dignity

Human Dignity and Human Rights: Waste Land

In this lesson, students will discuss what dignity means in their lives and examine the relationship between human dignity and human rights. They will consider the consequences for individuals and communities whose fundamental human rights are limited or denied, and develop a plan of action for improving the lives of women in their own community.

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Use this robust lesson plan in partnership with many of the Learning Experiences, including What is Dignity, Dignity Every Day: What Would You Do?, and Human Rights and Your Dignity Story.

ted.com

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Exploring Dignity

TED Talk by His Holiness Pope Francis

In this TED Talk “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” His Holiness Pope Francis, provides “commentary on the world as we currently find it and calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness to prevail.

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Use this video, at any time, as a resource for exploring what dignity means. This is a message for all faiths. In Italian, with subtitles.

ted.com

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Exploring Dignity

Use Art to Change the World

In 2011, French street artist JR won the $1Million TEDPrize. In this video he explains how at can change the way we see the world by allowing for an exchange of ideas and discussions.

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Use this video, at any time, to show students/participants how they can use their own creativity to make positive changes in the world.

ted.com

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Exploring Dignity

TED Talk by Ingrid Betancourt

In 2002, the Colombian guerrilla movement known as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) kidnapped Ingrid Betancourt in the middle of her presidential campaign. For the next six years, Betancourt was held hostage in jungle prison camps where she was ravaged by malaria, fleas, hunger and human cruelty until her rescue by the Colombian government. In this deeply personal talk, the politician turned writer explains what it's like to live in a perpetual state of fear -- and how her faith sustained her.

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Use this video, at any time, as a means of further exploring the meaning of dignity.

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Exploring Dignity

Right to Play | Celebrate Dignity Day

Everyone has the right to dignity, regardless of their race, colour, gender or religious beliefs. It also has a different meaning to different people. We all define, express and celebrate it differently, it's what unites us. And that, is the beauty of Global Dignity Day.

Suggested Use

Use this video to introduce Global Dignity Day and to give students/participants an introduction to the concept of dignity

Curriculum Resources And Tools

globalgoals.org

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

World’s Largest Lesson

World’s Largest Lesson introduces students to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and unites them in action.

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Educators and Facilitators can use resources to design classroom lessons and activities that can be used in conjunction with Dignity Day activities or throughout the year.Students and young people can visit the “Take Action” section of the site in order to design their own projects and learn about the goals.

thewonderment.com

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

The Wonderment

The Wonderment is an online platform that allows students to form global connections to creatively collaborate and solve problems on a global level.

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Educators can sign their class up for global connections and will receive resources and tools to support the collaborative projects. These connections can be a part of Dignity Day activities and can also be a part of the school year.Parents can sign their child up to participate in global collaborations with students from around the world.

penpalschools.com

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

PenPal Schools

PenPal Schools connects students around the world to collaboratively work on projects focused on language, culture, and global issues.

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Educators can sign their class up to participate in the collaborative projects. These connections can be a part of Dignity Day activities and can also be a part of the school year.

youthvoices.live

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Youth Voices

Youth Voices is a social network powered by young people (originally started by teachers from National Writing Project sites) that provides a platform for students to express their thoughts, passions, questions, and understandings on a wide array of topics in various mediums.

Suggested Use

Share with students and encourage them to join a conversation or start a conversation on issues that matter most to them. This may be a great place for students to capture their Dignity Stories and start a dialogue with students around the world.

globalonenessproject.org

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project contains a wide collection of multimedia stories (films, photo essays, and articles) focused on cultural, environmental, and social issues; each story is accompanied by companion curriculum for teachers.

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Educators and Facilitators can use resources to design classroom lessons and activities that can be used in conjunction with Dignity Day activities or throughout the school year.

writetheworld.com

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Write the World

Write the World is an international platform where high school students can develop their voices, refine their editing skills and publish their work.

Suggested Use

Share with students and encourage them to join a conversation or start a conversation on issues that matter most to them. This may be a great place for students to capture their Dignity Stories and start a dialogue with students around the world.

unesco.org

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future (UNESCO)

This professional development curriculum “ will enable teachers to plan Learning Experiences that empower their students to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to work creatively with others to help bring their visions of a better world into effect.

Suggested Use

Educators use this professional development curriculum to better understand the complexities of global issues that directly relate to dignity, such as world hunger and sustainable development

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Love Has No Labels

Many of us unintentionally make snap judgments about people based on what we see—whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability. The Love Has No Labels campaign challenges us to open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues

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Use this video with dignity initiatives focused on acceptance, the elimination of prejudice and bias, and the freedom to express one’s true self.

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

Fans of Love: Love Has No Labels

For years, kiss cams have been a big part of American sports culture. This year, Love Has No Labels puts a twist on the kiss cam by turning it into a symbol for unbiased love. In the stadium, fans cheered for love in all its forms - regardless of race, gender, disability, age or religion.

Suggested Use

Use this video with dignity initiatives focused on acceptance, the elimination of prejudice and bias, and the freedom to express one’s true self.

unicef.org

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Curriculum Resources And Tools

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Child friendly version

A convention with 54 Articles that articulate the rights of all children in the world.

Suggested Use

Use this with the Human Rights and Your Dignity Story Learning Experience either in tandem with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or in lieu of it.

Resources To Stop Bullying

unesco.org

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Resources To Stop Bullying

UNESCO’s Global Status Report on School Violence and Bullying

This report outlines the prevalence of school bullying around the world, highlights how countries are responding to bullying, and what the key priorities should be to address bullying worldwide.

Suggested Use

Use this report to better understand the prevalence of bullying around the world as well as learn about ways different countries are responding.

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Resources To Stop Bullying

Olweus Program

Backed by thirty-five years of research and successful, worldwide implementation, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term, system-wide program for change involving program components at four levels: school-level components, classroom-level components, individual-level components, and community-level components

Suggested Use

Learn about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at this link and learn about ways you can implement the program within your own community.

kivaprogram.net

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Resources To Stop Bullying

KiVA International

KiVa is a research-based antibullying program that has been developed in the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The effectiveness of KiVa has been shown in a large randomized controlled trial. In Finland, KiVa is a sought-after program: most of all comprehensive schools in the country are registered KiVa schools implementing the program.

Suggested Use

Learn about the KiVa anti-bullying program in Finland at this link and consider ways you might be able to implement in your own school.

pbis.org

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Resources To Stop Bullying

PBIS - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It offers many bully prevention resources, including a 52-page handbook, in English, French, and Spanish.

Suggested Use

The purpose of this handbook is to improve the success of schools as effective learning environments. Aggression, violence, threats, intimidation, and isolation compromise the ability of students to learn and perform in school. Establishing a school-wide expectation for common respect, teaching what that means, and ensuring that all students and faculty and staff members share in the responsibility of making schools respectful settings can make a difference

peacebuilders.com

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Resources To Stop Bullying

PeaceBuilders

PeaceBuilders is a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for grades pre-K to 12. Its essence is a common language - six principles, taught, modeled and practiced. These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, and transform the climate and culture of any environment to one which is cooperative, productive, and academically successful.

Suggested Use

Visit this link to learn about the PeaceBuilders violence prevention curriculum.

stopbullying.gov

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Resources To Stop Bullying

Stopbullying.gov

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Suggested Use

StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying

ibpaworld.org

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Resources To Stop Bullying

International Bullying Prevention Association

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) was founded in 2003 when grassroots practitioners and researchers came together to convene the first conference in the US entirely focused on bullying prevention. Since then, it has grown to be the premier global membership organization dedicated to advancing bullying prevention best practices by: convening research-based forums, advocating best practices, promoting positive school climate, and collaborating across disciplines/sectors/fields

Suggested Use

Learn about best practices in promoting a positive climate within your school or organization.