Canadian Students As Global Citizens
Canadian Students as Global Citizens: Understanding Human Rights in Afghanistan is a resource kit for Canadian teachers to expand students' understanding of human rights, particularly those of women and children in Afghanistan (download brochure). The kit was developed in 2007 by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan).
CW4WAfghan is a volunteer-based solidarity group whose members are committed to raising awareness in Canada of the plight of Afghan women and their families.
Canadian students will learn about their own basic human rights and the concept of universality of human rights. Using Afghanistan as a case study, they will examine how and why human rights need to be protected and see examples of what life is like when these rights were taken away. Students are then challenged to find ways in which they can assist oppressed people around the world in reclaiming those rights. They learn that even as individuals, their contributions can make a difference in a global environment.
They will learn that as a nation of peacemakers and peacekeepers, Canada plays an important role in the global village, protecting and promoting human rights for all people, worldwide.
The similarities between Afghan families and Canadian families is emphasized in order to help the students empathize with Afghan children and thus prompt them to want to contribute to a more secure, prosperous, and equitable world for everyone.