As many teachers and educators know, the knowledge and skills that students develop in the classroom spreads outside - to the school community, families, and to the wider community. This is why human rights education in the classroom is so important.

The Commission's series of education resources - RightsED - are designed to help students gain a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, and to develop the attitudes, behaviours and skills to apply human rights in everyday life.

The RightsED resources are mapped to the national curriculum and include interactive activities for teachers and their students.  RightsED resources are free to download and can be photocopied.

Race Resources

Australia as a nation – race, rights and immigration

Cover of Australia as a nation – race, rights and immigration

Australia as a nation – race, rights and immigration is a unit of work that explores Australia’s development as a nation throughout the 20th Century with a particular focus on the changing experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

In this unit, students have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the impacts of racism and discrimination, investigate the racist and anti-racist actions of citizens and governments, and learn about the lives of ethnic and cultural minorities in Australia.
Year: Year 6 (11 years and up)

Subject: History
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

 

The Globalising World; Changing policies and Australian identity

Cover - RightsEd: Globalising World

The Globalising World is a unit of work that investigates how migration from 1945 to the present day has shaped Australian society. In particular this unit focuses on the impacts of changing immigration policies and the development of human rights and anti-racism movements in Australia.

In this unit, students investigate how racist values in the past have shaped important historical events and developments. Students will also critically analyse how changing attitudes to migration and multiculturalism reflect greater inclusiveness in Australian society.


Year: Year 10 (15 years and up)
Subject: History
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

 

Take a stand against racism

RightsEd cover - Race: Take a stand against racism. Year 5 - 6

Take a stand against racism is a unit of work designed to equip young people to take a stand against racism in their schools and communities, by valuing diversity and encouraging others to do the same.

In this unit, students explore issues of racism and its impact on people from diverse backgrounds. They also consider the ways in which they can value diversity within the community and celebrate the different cultures represented within schools and the wider community.
Students will explore ways to address racism and how to take action against bullying and harassment based on race, culture or ethnicity.

Year: Years 5 and 6 (10-12 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

 

Tackling racism in Australia

RightsEd cover - Race: Tackling racism. Year 9 - 10

Tackling racism in Australia is a unit of work that encourages students to think about diversity, particularly in relation to people, groups and their cultures, to affirm and celebrate difference and to use their understanding of diversity to act with respect, empathy and trust.

In this unit, students explore the impact of discrimination and harassment on individuals, their family and friends and the wider community. Students learn to identify racial discrimination, racial harassment and racial vilification as unlawful acts, which undermine safe, respectful environments for all.

Building on learning activities in the unit, students develop strategies and actions for celebrating diversity and taking action against racism.

Year: Years 9 and 10 (14-16 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Intercultural understanding, Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture

Disability Resources

Disability Rights, Inclusion and Sport

Cover - RightsEd HPE 7 & 8 - Paul Gooda in Rockwheelers

Disability Rights, Inclusion and Sport is a unit of work designed to give students a greater understanding of the rights of people with disabilities and equip them with skills to promote greater inclusion in sport.

This unit provides opportunities for students to explore the importance of team sports and physical activity for people with disabilities and the value of inclusivity for promoting healthy and active communities.

Year: Years 7 and 8 (12-14 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

Disability Discrimination in Sport

RightsEd cover - HPE 9 & 10 - Sekou Kanneh running

Disability Discrimination in Sport is a unit of work that encourages students to explore the issue of discrimination against people with disabilities in sport.

This unit focuses on themes of mental health and wellbeing, relationships, and games and sports. Issues explored include the diversity of people who participate in sport, the impacts of discrimination and the change over time of participation in sports by people with disabilities.

In this unit, students have the opportunity to investigate the barriers that people with disabilities face when participating in some sports and come up with ways of modifying sports and physical activities to ensure that everyone can participate.

Year: Years 9 and 10 (14-16 years)
Subject: Health and Physical Education
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability

 

Disability Rights, Accessibility and Liveability

Cover image - man using wheelchair in a parkDisability Rights, Accessibility and Liveability is a unit of work that addresses the issues surrounding the liveability of places for people with disabilities. This includes urban planning for accessibility and liveability, community inclusion of people with disabilities, and strategies to improve the liveability and accessibility of places and services for people with disabilities.

In this unit, students have the opportunity to investigate the concept of liveability and factors that affect the liveability of a place, such as accessibility. Students explore how people with a range of disabilities may face difficulties accessing places and consider solutions for overcoming these challenges.

Year: Year 7 (12 years and up)
Subject: Geography
Australian Curriculum general capabilities: Ethical understanding, Personal and social capability