Human Rights


  • Charlene Barshefsky Interview | Wide Angle

    China’s membership in the World Trade Organization received strong disapproval from those critical of its poor human rights record. However, China was still able to garner support, most notably from the United States. Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. Trade Representative in the Clinton administration, was the chief negotiator propelling China’s entry into the WTO. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "To Have and Have Not," Barshefsky discusses how the people of China may benefit from its inclusion in the WTO.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Coping with the Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video from Wide Angle provides insight into an Iraqi refugee’s life in Jordan, as well as his life before leaving Iraq. The video explores how host countries Jordan and Syria are coping with the Iraqi refugee crisis and features an interview with Jordan’s Queen Noor.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Girls Speak Out | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson follows girls in India and Benin to evaluate their access to education, a basic human right. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School."

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Going Home? | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" explores the challenges Iraqi refugees face and the tough decisions they make to either stay in a host country or return home.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Innovative Approaches to Healthcare in Mozambique and Beyond | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Using video from the PBS program Wide Angle, students learn about limited health resources in Mozambique and innovative approaches taken there and in other countries to combat public health problems. They will learn about the importance of healthcare for women and children. The students will also examine the importance of goverments in healthcare for their citizens.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Iraqi Refugee Crisis | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Iraqi Exodus" provides an overview of the Iraqi refugee crisis and challenges the refugees face.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Time For School | Brazil: Jefferson

    Many children in Brazil’s favelas (slums) find a safe haven and second home at school. School enrollment is increasing, but the quality of education still remains substandard. In this media gallery, meet Jefferson, a child of the Rochinca favela, who in second grade is one of the few students in his class who can read and write. Follow Jefferson over 12 years as he struggles to overcome poverty and stay in school. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School" here.

    Grades: 3-12
  • Jefferson: The Bolsa Familia

    The favelas of Brazil are cramped shantytowns overrun by crime and gang violence. To help the children of favelas, the government has implemented “Bolsa Familia,” a program that provides impoverished families with stipends as long as their children attend school. In this video from Wide Angle, learn about the obstacles a child of the favelas must overcome to stay in school.

    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
  • Time for School | Kenya: Joab (2006)

    In 2002, the nation of Kenya implemented a free public education policy. Children of Kibera, one of Africa’s largest urban slums, are now able to attend school, but some still end up among the street children in bordering Nairobi. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Back to School," meet Joab, a 13-year-old boy from Kibera who dropped out of school after his mother died, but was rescued from the streets with the help of a schoolteacher.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Labor Disputes | Wide Angle

    As China continues to benefit from a market economy, labor disputes entering litigation have increased. This video segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court" shows the courthouse proceedings of a labor dispute brought by Li Mingna, a car salesman who has filed suit against his former employer for unpaid severance.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Legal System Expansion | Wide Angle

    The development of China’s market economy has created changes in many areas of its society. For example, the republic is creating a new legal system to manage the increasing number of cases that have been brought to litigation in recent years. Nearly four hundred law schools have been established and hundreds of thousands of judges and lawyers have been trained in the past twenty five years. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," law students participate in a practice court at Sichuan University in the city of Chengdu.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Making Women's Health a Priority | Wide Angle

    In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Birth of a Surgeon," host Aaron Brown interviews Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) about a program which trains midwives to perform surgeries during pregnancy and childbirth in Mozambique, a country suffering from a shortage of doctors. Chan discusses the importance of targeting health initiatives toward Sub-Saharan Africa and women and highlights the role that governments should play in improving health care.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Migrant Workers and Social Justice | Wide Angle

    History’s largest ongoing migration is occurring in China. One out every ten Chinese is leaving the rural countryside for one of China’s major cities. Despite their hard work, many of these peasants are finding their dreams for a better life in the city shattered by laws that deny them the same rights as urban citizens. In this video from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," meet some of the peasants who have been largely ignored by the nation that they are helping to rebuild.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Power of Developers | Wide Angle

    The success of the market economy in China has led to a vast expansion in construction and property development projects across the country. The transition from a socialist legacy of collective ownership of land to a new system that allows for private ownership of property has not come easily, however, and many legal disputes have resulted. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," meet a family who have been pushed off their land and feel betrayed by the promises of property developers.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Refugee Camp | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    The Chechen war created hundreds of thousand of refugees. Fearful to return to the insecurity of their homeland, many Chechens live in refugee camps. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Greetings from Grozny," learn about Rajap, a young Chechen refugee living in a tent city and the ongoing war that threatens his safety and that of thousands of others.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Rule of Law | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    Although China’s economy has made great strides since its embrace of a market economy system in the late 1970s, its legal system has yet to fully modernize. In this segment from the Wide Angle film "The People's Court," learn about China’s legal history and its efforts to create a new rule of law to accompany the civil demands of a market economy.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Rural Healthcare in Mozambique | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Birth of a Surgeon" describes healthcare at the Hospital Rural de Manjacaze, a rural hospital in Mozambique.

    Grades: 9-12
  • 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
  • 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

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