The World Starts With Me

Seeking for Human Entitlement!

Learning Objectives

The theme of this lesson is human entitlements. This means: knowing your entitlements, respecting other peoples' entitlements and supporting entitlements in the community. The aim of this lesson is for students to become aware of their entitlements, realize that these entitlements have been accorded to them by the international organization and governments. Youths are allowed to have these entitlements and that they feel empowered by these entitlements.

The students are introduced to human entitlements by means of a brief presentation. They discuss whether and why they think this entitlements are not as common as they should be. Students are divided into pairs. Each pair chooses one entitlement they believe would benefit their community. They make a poster to advocate this entitlement.


  • Students know their entitlements
  • Students understand some of the issues that hinder the implementation of these entitlements
  • Students think about how they can introduce human entitlements into their lives and communities
  • Students understand their responsibilities in their home, school and in the community

 Learning Objectives

Students can:


  • explain what human entitlements are, who have formulated these entitlements, where they come from, who is responsible for implementing and acknowledge that every human being in the world has these entitlements, young people too
  • list at least four entitlements related to sexual and reproductive health for young people
  • describe how entitlements and responsibilities are related and list two responsibilities
  • acknowledge that all young people, both boys and girls, are entitled to education and youth-friendly, non-judgmental health services


  • argue the importance of human entitlements for young people
  • argue that all people, including themselves, have the entitlement to be supported, helped, protected and cared for by their families, the community and the government
  • value and respect their own entitlements and those of other people
  • recognize how these entitlements and their responsibilities apply to their own life and community and to act if these entitlements and responsibilities are violated


  • provide a scenario for how they would defend and promote their own entitlements and play their responsibilities to others

Computer, design and creative skills

  • demonstrate how to use at least three Word Art options in Ms Word for document layout
  • demonstrate how to use fonts, sizes and colours in MS Word documents
  • demonstrate how to print an MS Word document
  • create a short and powerful slogan
  • design a poster and list three elements that can make a poster attractive and effective
  • name two places where they could put up their poster in order to attract people's attention


  • create a poster by cutting and pasting from newspaper articles, drawing or painting
  • demonstrate how to download new fonts from the Internet to their computer
  • demonstrate how to download pictures or words from the Internet
  • demonstrate how to cut and paste from newspaper articles



Lesson Outline


1. Warming up - The best time in my life (5 mins)
2. Presentation - Seeking for Human Entitlement ! (40 mins)
3. Poster-making (30 mins)
4. Discussion, conclusion and homework (10 mins)


Ask a few students whether they have noticed any situations in the past few days in which gender played a positive or negative role.


 Warming up

The best time in my life (5 mins)


Students learn more about each other and share happy memories

Make all students stand or sit in a circle. Ask the students about the best moment of their lives so far. Depending on time, ask a few or all students to tell something about it.



Presentation - Seeking for Human Entitlement ! (40 mins)


  • Students learn about human entitlements to reproductive health.
  • Students feel empowered
  • Students learn about their responsibilities added


The students read the presentation. Discussion points are included in the presentation. Before continuing with the next slides, students should address these points together.
The presentation covers the following topics:

  • where do these entitlements come from?
  • who are these entitlements for?
  • why do we have these entitlements?
  • what entitlements are there and what do they mean?
  • entitlements and responsibilities
  • to be added after having the presentation

The presentation promotes the students' awareness of what their entitlements are and that they should feel responsible for upholding these entitlements.

The presentation concludes with questions to be answered by the entire group in a group discussion. Plan 30 minutes for reading the presentation and 10 minutes for the group discussion.


Poster-making can be done on the computer or on paper (30 mins).



  • Students internalize the information on human entitlements and consider which of these entitlements they feel would be beneficial to their community and explain why
  • Encourage the students to promote human entitlements locally
  • Students  understand taking responsibilities

If there are more students than computers, this exercise can also be done using paper and pencils instead of using MS Word.

Step 1
Show students the information on how to make a poster.

Step 2
Students work in pairs for this exercise. Each pair chooses the entitlement they wish to promote in their community by making a poster.

Step 3
Students write down some reasons why they think this entitlement is so important and try to summarize the most important arguments for this entitlement.

Step 4
Students design the best layout for their poster in order to communicate their message most effectively. The poster should fit one A4 page. Students make their posters in MS Word or on paper.

Step 5
Students working on the computer can print their posters.


Discussion, Conclusion, and Homework (10 mins)


  • Students summarize the messages they have learned


  • Students gather around and look at all the posters that have been made
  • Students discuss which poster might be the most effective and explain why they think it is the most effective

Students suggest places where their posters can be put up for people to see their messages on entitlements


Check whether the places suggested by students for putting up their posters are appropriate.

Each student should note in his/her book when human entitlements are being abused in his/her community.
Students should find places where they could hang their posters


Tools, Games & Materials

Seeking for Human Entitlement !

Guidelines for making poster
For text

The snappier the text, the better. Keep it simple. Think in slogans.

For layout
To get some ideas, see the website below about HIV/AIDS posters, if you are online.

A good poster is catchy to the eye and easy to read, has a clear and understandable message with convincing arguments and/or slogan. The posters can be made in a short time, using Word, word art, different fonts and colors. Students can also insert symbols, smileys or other kinds of signs that may be appropriate to liven up their posters. Using the guideline for downloading fonts, students can access many options for designing their posters.
Alternatively, if you have no access to a computer, you can draw a poster or cut fragments from magazines and make a collage.
If the students are more advanced or if a good Internet connection is available, images can be downloaded from the web and adapted for the posters. This may be time-consuming.







Reproductive Health Related Laws and Issues in Ethiopia
Read this handout where you can find some information on Reproductive Health Related Laws and Issues in Ethiopia.

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