Local students connect 'rights to responsibilities' on World Human Rights Day

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Some Binghamton children have learned a lesson on the connection between rights and responsibilities.

Students at MacArthur Elementary marked World Human Rights Day last week by reciting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 following World War II.

The 30 rights include an education, food and shelter, freedom of expression and even the right to play.

School Librarian Lonna Pierce was invited to participate in the Youth For Human Rights Summit in New York City over the Summer.

"We're also connecting those rights to responsibilities. So that, while you have those rights, you can't step on anyone else's either. So, I thought that was very important to build community, and teach the kids about responsibility at MacArthur," said Pierce.

Pierce also recited the declaration with students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

World Human Rights Day was last Saturday.

For a full list of the 30 rights, go to YouthForHumanRights.org.


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