Virtual Human Rights Education: Best Practices in Teaching and Engaging with Human Rights Online

Mennah Abdelwahab, Dr. K. Chad Clay, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia, 480 E Broad St, Athens, GA 30601

What factors determine the success of online human rights education (HRE) content? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights obligates all states to respect, protect, and fulfill its citizens’ human rights and to teach and educate its citizenry to promote understanding, respect, and observance of human rights. However, literature shows that the United States has failed to meet this obligation as evidenced by the lack of universal integration of human rights in K-12 education. HRE is about educating the citizenry on human rights and encouraging practical applications of human rights that enable individuals to effectively advocate on behalf of themselves and others. Literature finds that human rights education is particularly important for rights enjoyment in marginalized communities. As important as HRE is, what explains the current variation in the prevalence of HRE throughout the United States? What effect has HRE had in the places where it has been implemented? In reviewing the literature on current strategies on virtual HRE teaching, my findings provide a list of the current best practices in HRE, and plot ways in which those practices could be further improved. This research has resulted in the development of online HRE content that will provide HRE education to a wide audience and motivate action to ensure universal rights enjoyment amongst Americans. Research proves how enriching HRE is for the limited number of U.S. students who have experienced it. My work aims to allow all students to experience this benefit. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Mennah Abdelwahab

Institution: University of Georgia

Type: Poster

Subject: Political Science

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6512