What are human rights and how can we ensure everyone has them?


This is our brainstorm about our question:


Learning Intention:

We are learning to find out ways how we can ensure all the people in the country that have their rights declared.( Read this to yourselves. Does it make sense? I am not sure that you have a really clear understanding of your question and how you are going to break it up to address the issues posed by this question)

Success Criteria:

We will know we have achieved this when we can show and describe the ways how we can ensure these rights for people are enforced.( I am not sure what you mean by this. It is important that you are clear in your thinking about how you will know that you have actually been successful and how you would show this)

These are our questions:

Do you think that your starting question might be _ What are Human Rights? Who is entitled to them?)
1) What are some organizations which help ensure that all humans have rights? What do they do to help?

2) How can we help to ensure that everyone has human rights?

3) Where in the world are people denied rights and what can we do to help them?

4) What new laws should be put in place to ensure everyone has their rights?

Hypothesis for our questions:

1) a) One organization that helps ensure all human have rights is World Vision. World Vision holds activities such as the 40 hour famine. This helps raise money for people who don't have many rights.

1) b) Another organization that helps is the Salvation Army. They help raise money for people who don't have many rights.

2) We can help assure that everyone has human rights by donating to organizations mentioned in Q.1.

3) People all over the world are denied rights. Some countries are Darfur, Afghanistan and Iraq. Most of the countries are from Eastern Europe.

4) Some new laws that should be put in place are: If you are really sick you are entitled to free medication and in all countries any child from the age of 5 should be entitled to free schooling to prepare for a job.

Useful Websites to look at:

Wikipedia- This gives an outline covering the whole subject about human rights.
World Vision - This is the home page of World vision. Please explore to find info.
Salvation army - This is the home page of the Salvation army. Please explore to find info.
Tearfund - This is the home page of Tearfund. Please explore to find info.
Youthline - This is the home page of Youthline. Please explore to find info.
Kidsline - This is the home page of Kidsline. Please explore to find info.
What's Up - This is the homepage of What's Up. Please explore to find info.
Unicef - This is the home page of Unicef. Please explore to find info.]
Trade aid - This is the home page of trade aid. Please explore to find info.
Human Rights Violations - This is a page with loads of useful info about human rights. Please explore to find info.
Slavery - This is a page on slavery and where it is in the world today and why.
Cocoa Bean Slavery - This is all about chocolate and the slavery used to make them.
Poverty Around the World - We used this page for info. on basic needs.

Answers for our Questions

1) Some of the organizations which help ensure all humans have their rights declared are: World Vision, Tearfund, Youthline, Kidsline, What's Up and UNICEF, (there are a lot more as well).
1.a) World Vision is a christian organiszation which is dedicated to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision helps everyone regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. World Vision allows you to sponsor a child. Also, World Vision holds an activity called the 40 hour famine. This is where you help raise money for those who are suffering from poverty and suffer from malnutrition by going without food or sleeping in a box for a weekend. Also, World Vision helps provide a basic education to those who are born into a poor family.
1.b) Tearfund is another christian organization which helps to stop poverty. Tearfund also allows you to sponser a child and use your donations to help support education, activities, etc.
1.c) Youthline is a free New Zealand helpline to help children with problems such as loneliness, stereotyping, depression, exams, stress, and many more. Youthline fund raises and holds activities such as The Diwali Festival of Lights, Cycle for life, Canoe and Kayak Challenge, and many more.
1.d) Kidsline is an organization similar to Youthline. The most common problems which are helped with are bullying, friendship problems, and parents divorcing. Also, the people who answer and help with problems are not adults, but kids as well! Once you are in year 11, you may apply as a Kidsline Buddy. Also, recently, there has been a Kidsline poster competition. This was to help spread the word about Kidsline.
1.e) What's Up is another free New Zealand helpline to help children with hard problems. Unfortunately, What's Up is running low on money, as it has recently lost two of its four major sponsors. What's Up is run by the Kids Help Foundation Trust and answers aproximately 313 calls everyday from kids aged 5 to 18.
1.f) Unicef is another organization which helps those in poverty, abuse, etc. Unicef helps by giving immunizations, basic education, care in health and many more.
1.g) Trade aid is an organization which fights to rid the world of slavery. Trade aid tries to get as much people as they can to sign the petition to stop slavery.

2) We can help ensure that everyone has human rights by respecting peoples differences, needs and races. Another way to ensure that all humans have their rights is to use the organizations to help like World Vision, Tearfund, Youthline and Kidsline etc. We should help donate money, food and other goods so these organizations can send it to the needy countries. If we all do our bit and be kind caring humans we can all help everyone have their rights declared.

3) There lots of countries where people are denied rights. In fact if we mentioned them all, heaps of the page would be covered but some of them are: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Darfur, Pakistan, India and there are also lots of places in Africa. Most of the countries where people are denied rights are in Eastern Europe. In Iraq right now, many many people are denied their rights. Heaps of people are forced to flee their homes and a lot of people are losing their life. In Afghanistan, women don't have many rights at all, as they have to be completely covered up if they want to go outside and they have to be in the presence of a male. If you would like to help those countries, you can help by donating money to the organisations mentioned in question 1 and they will use your donation to help those countries. Also, if you grow out of clothes, make sure you put them in the charity bins and also contribute to food banks. Another fun idea for schools is to have cans week to donate cans to the food bank in a more simplified way. A fundraiser such as a garage sale or a lemonade stand sounds great to raise money for those organizations! So let's all get out there and make a difference!

4) Some new laws which should be put in place to ensure everyone has their rights declared are:
a) If someone is sick and cannot afford medication they are entitled to free medication. The reason for this is that it is not fair if they are suffering because they can't afford the medication.
b) Every child in the world when they turn 5 is entitled to free schooling. This schooling should be funded by the government of the particular country ther child is presently in. The reason for this is that children are better educated so it is more likely for them to get a better job. (The schooling should be optional though).
c) Schools should have a cafeteria so the children who can't afford food can have their lunch free at school which is paid by the government.

Thinking Deeper Questions

1) What is happening around the world with slavery? What are people doing with slaves?
2) Are some people in the world still denied the basic needs? Where and why?

Thinking Deeper Hypothesis

1) Some children slaves are forced to pick cocoa beans to make chocolate.
2) There are still people in the world denied the basic needs.

Thinking Deeper Answers

1) Why does slavery even exist? The answer is only one word - money. It costs money to have employees, and absoloutly nothing to have slaves. Surprisingly, slavery even goes on in the United States. Some women from Asian countries are tricked into going to places such as Saudi Arabia with promises of jobs. But when they get there, imagine their disappointment when they discover they will have to work day and night without pay and will often be beaten for obedience.
Of course, there is also the issue about chocolate. When you think about chocolate, I bet you would think about a rich, smooth, creamy chocolate with over 20 different types for your taste buds to enjoy over and over again. But, I bet you have never even thought about the other side of it. Once you know, chocolates won't taste so sweet and soft to you. Instead, it would taste bitter and hard. If you wonder why, here is the reason. Many children between the age of 12 and 14 are forced to work between 80 to 100 hours a week. These children don't get paid, they don't get fed much and most will never get to see their families again. Also, if anyone tries to escape, he/she will get beaten viciously. Even if they don't try to escape, those children get beaten reguarly.
But, how can we know whether the chocolate we are eating was made using child slavery or not? Even with laws to ban child slavery, it will take years before all chocolate related products are free of child slavery.
But, it is not just chocolate that uses child slavery. It also happens with some coffee beans. This is because coffe beans are nnormally grown in the same field as cocoa beans. But, it is very hard to trace where the slavery is coming from with both cocoa beans and coffee beans because the beans which have been harvested using child labor would be thrown into the same truck which carries beans picked by paid workers. Even though there are laws in most countries to ban slavery, it is still going on around the world. All we can do is now hope that everyone will come to their senses and stop slavery once and for all.
2) Believe it or not, there are actually people all around the world who are denied even the basic needs of food water and shelter! Refugees are denied their basic needs as they have forced to leave their home and flee into another country, therefore they have been denied the right to shelter. All people in poverty are denied their basic needs, as all of them have been denied the right to food, water, or shelter, clothing, education, etc. Slaves are also denied the basic needs, as they are not fed a lot and who knows what else they might suffer from?

This is what we have learnt through this project:

The things that we have leaned from this project are:
1) That human rights are entitlements to all humans not just some. It is totally unfair and unaccepable that people are denied their rights just because they are of a certain race or ethnicity. Also on race and ethnicity, lots of humans every day are being denied rights because of this! Don't you think that this is unfair?
2) There are a lot of organizations that help ensure that all humans have their rights declared, but there are so many people who need help that even what the organizations do is not enough. The organizations have it tough as they are always being bad mouthed on how they don't do their job properly but in actual fact they can't help everyone because there are countries and countries to help.
3) Most people don't even think twice about the food on their plates and the clothes that they wear while there are people all around the world who think every grain of rice is valuable.
4) Don't try to lick your plate clean and eat every scrap, because that is not going to help those who have been denied rights. Instead, donate to organizations and fund raise.
5) That humans can be so selfish to their own kind. They always want to have everything in their life perfect and don't really think about other people.