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Teaching and Learning with Online Educational Videos: A Subject List of Web Resources for Educators (August 2013): Human Rights and Social Justice

By Susan Ariew

Human Rights and Social Justice

It Gets Better Project
(YouTube One Channel)

This site was created to show young LGBT people the possibilities of potential success and happiness in their future—if they can just get through their teen years.  After reading about the suicide of a bullied teen, co-founder Dan Savage said that if he could have just talked to that teen for even five minutes, he might have averted a tragedy.  So he helped to start this site to talk to teens everywhere through YouTube.  The site presently includes videos from people from all regions of the world and all walks of life, including politics, sports, and entertainment, offering encouragement to young people as inspiration.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
(YouTube One Channel)

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative, award-winning, nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake.  The center focuses on underreported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.  The center’s educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.

UNICEF
(YouTube One Channel)

This channel relates to UNICEF’s overall mission to help build a world where the rights of every child are protected.  Playlists include appeals for fighting AIDS in children globally and addressing malnutrition in third world countries, along with stories about UNICEF events and key people who are helping children around the world.

Witness
(YouTube One Channel)

Witness is a human rights organization that uses video and online technology to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations such as gender-based violence, forced evictions, climate justice, and human trafficking; it also focuses on governments that violate the human rights of their citizens.