The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched an interactive website to give school students a foundation in international human rights.
“Human rights are for everyone, no matter what age. Learning about human rights provides children and young people with important opportunities to develop their moral and ethical understanding of the world,” said National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.
Through challenging and thought-provoking activities, the website introduces Year 5 and Year 6 students to the concept of human rights and explores the important relationship between fundamental rights and personal responsibilities.
Students learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and have the opportunity to craft their own classroom charter of rights and responsibilities.
The website is designed for use on interactive whiteboards and on smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Two accompanying lesson plans assist teachers in guiding their class through the interactive activities. Both lessons contain links to the Australian Curriculum areas of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) and Health and Physical Education, for Years 5 and 6.
“Learning about fundamental rights and freedoms can equip students with the knowledge and skills to bring about positive change in their lives and communities,” Commissioner Mitchell said.
“Teachers can build greater cohesion, in the classroom and beyond, by encouraging ethical and intercultural understanding, and developing personal and social skills.”
Commissioner Mitchell will launch the website during her address to the Australian College of Educators annual conference.
The website is at https://www.humanrights.gov.au/introhumanrights