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Human rights interactive tour

For school groups, the Visitors Service in Vienna offers a thematic tour on human rights. This interactive programme aims to give young people aged 10-18 years a basic understanding of the concept of human rights as they apply around the globe and in their own lives.

Promoting and protecting human rights is one of the core purposes of the United Nations. The tour centres on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which each  participant receives a copy in English or German. Teachers and students are also invited to have a look at our information leaflet on human rights and discuss it in class.

During the 90-minute programme at the Vienna International Centre, the guide will introduce the history and importance of human rights within the UN's work. Through a mix of role play, activities and discussion the group will further explore the meaning of selected rights and fundamental freedoms.

Sitting together inside a real refugee tent, participants imagine themselves in a scenario called "journalist missing" and discuss some hard choices faced by people forced to flee their homes.

The interactive tour on human rights is usually offered in English or German. Other languages may be possible on request, subject to the availability of guides.

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