A quick activity to help explain human rights to Young People (aged 6+) The aim of this activity is to start the process of explaining human rights, and privilege of rights to young people. It is a debate raising activity which allows young people of all ages to safely explore the ‘UDHR’ and also look at their own place and privilege within the structure of society and human rights.


  • Photocopy the 12 cards onto coloured card.
  • Cut them up and place a set in an envelope for each group.
  • Divide the young people into small groups and give each group a set of cards.

Objectives for participants

  • Be introduced to some of the human rights contained in the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through active learning.
  • Develop a sense of fairness and equality.
  • Weigh up and consider the rights of all people in any given situation.
  • Have an opportunity to develop key skills of prediction, critical thinking, empathy, listening, discussion and debating.

How to use:

  • Tell them to look at the cards (pre-printed from below) and decide which ones they think are the most important rights.
  • Ask them to rank the cards in a ‘diamond nine’ shape with the most importantat the top and the least important at the bottom. Encourage the groups todiscuss the question together and reach a consensus.
  • When they have ranked their rights, ask someone from each group to briefly explain their top and bottom choices
  • You can then draw comparisons between the different choices groups have made and use the opportunity to give more information about the UDHR.
  • Groups may well reject the idea of a diamond for a flatter shape, in which they have ranked the rights equally. -This is something which can open debate.


Print and cut these out large enough to be used.

This activity fits to the following Global Sustainable Development Goals: