3. A Human Rights Calendar
Every day of the year is a human rights day!
Themes General human rights
Level of complexity
120 minutes to create the calendar; additional sessions each month
Type of activity Drawing, painting, cutting, presenting information graphically
Overview Making a group calendar to mark important human right dates
• To raise general awareness of the many facets of human rights
• To raise awareness of divisions of time (e.g. months, weeks, days of the week) and the
time of special occasions
• To enhance planning skills
• To develop imagination about creating celebrations
• Prepare one calendar page for each month with days of the week written in columns.
• Prepare and copy a list of Special Days to Remember for each group.
• A paper square marked ‘BIRTHDAY!’ for each child and adult member of the group.
• 12 sheets of A4 paper, if possible laminated in plastic or mounted on cardboard
• Copies of a handout of special days to remember
• Pens, markers or coloured pencils for each group
• Sticky tape, glue or Velcro
• A paper square marked ‘BIRTHDAY!’ for each child and facilitator
• Optional: additional art supplies, a small calendar, a child-friendly copy of CRC (see
Explain to the children that they are going to make a calendar that will help them know when spe-
cial days are coming up, especially those that relate to human rights.
Discuss with the children what human rights are and explain (if they don’t know already) that there
are also children’s rights. Ask the children for examples of children’s rights and give examples of your
own if necessary.
Ask the children if they know of any special days that can be linked to children’s or human rights. Ask
for other holidays and ask them to relate them to children’s or human rights (e.g. religious holidays
can be linked to Freedom of Th ought, Conscience and Belief; national holidays to right to national-