Human Rights

  • Time for School | Afghanistan: Shugufa

    One of the many causalities of the three decades of conflict in Afghanistan was the Afghani educational system. In rebuilding the system, much effort has been put into overcoming the cultural barriers preventing the education of girls. In this media gallery from the documentary "Time for School", meet Shugufa and follow her over 12 years as she struggles to get an education amidst the turmoil of war-torn Afghanistan. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Shugufa: Struggle to Learn | Wide Angle

    Although improvements have been made in rebuilding the education system in Afghanistan, many schools still have difficulty providing a complete education for their students. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Time for School," Shugufa, a 13-year-old Afghani girl, and her female classmates struggle to overcome their school’s shortcomings and attain an education in the midst of increasing Taliban efforts to deny education to women.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Compare and Contrast: Education in Japan and Kenya

    Economic factors greatly influence the quality of education. The educational systems of developing countries are often on a substandard level when compared to nations of economically advanced countries. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Back to School," view and compare the classrooms of students from Kenya and Japan.

    Grades: 9-12
  • DNA on the Witness Stand

    In this article, Dr. Eric Lander of the Human Genome Project explains the use of DNA as forensic evidence. He describes the process and need for standards in testing laboratories: "There are higher standards, indeed for the laboratory practices of someone who will diagnose strep throat than for the laboratory practice of someone who will create a DNA fingerprint that could be used to send someone to Death Row." Lander discusses the use of DNA evidence as a human rights tool.

    Grades: 9-12