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Human Rights

A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group

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Human Rights

Learn how people exercise their human rights every day, how the rights for marginalized communities are not always protected, and how youth can protect human rights with guidance from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Explore the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals as anchors for how people around the world come together to fight human rights violations. With unique features including student vlogs about human rights in their countries and tips for taking concrete actions, youth learn about humanity, interconnectivity, and how they can work together toward a better future.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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About The Course

Who Should Register

Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants


Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Humanity

Explore everyday moments in which youth exercise their human rights and connect their own stories to the daily lived experiences of people across the world.

Module 2: Everyday Identity

Examine marginalized identities to explore how factors of equity, equality, and justice affect an individual’s unique experience of human rights.

Module 3: Everyday Global Goals

Youth explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN and, through story sharing, investigate the importance of a Sustainable Development Goal of their choice.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Youth design action plans for supporting human rights individually, locally, and globally.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the human rights that are practiced daily.
  • Understand the concept of human rights and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Explore global human rights violations.
  • Reflect on the ways that marginalized people are denied human rights.
  • Understand the differences between equality, equity, and justice.
  • Explore how communities fight for justice.
  • Consider the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and their relationship to human rights.
  • Understand the differences between equality, equity, and justice.
  • Explore the interconnectivity of the UN’s SDGs.
  • Students will explore and design action plans for supporting human rights individually, locally, and globally.

Standards Alignments

English Language Arts Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3: Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3: Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 1: No poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals


CASEL Social & Emotional Learning

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making


Asia Society Global Competencies

  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action


21st Century Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

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