Date: 
Friday 22 March 2019

A new online calendar marking key historical human rights moments is now available, connecting the Commission’s existing education materials with interactive lessons that are directly linked to the Australian curriculum.

The Rights and Freedoms Calendar is the latest addition to the Commission’s growing suite of education resources.

Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher launched the Calendar in Melbourne for the National Future Schools Conference and Expo, attended by almost 3,000 education professionals.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Calendar provides young people with easy access to practical examples and tools they need to understand not only their rights and responsibilities, but the importance of human rights in every setting,” said Professor Croucher. It provides teachers with a new platform through which they can identify relevant curriculum linked resources to support the exploration of human rights in their classrooms.

The Calendar provides historical context of the genesis of United Nations’ Declarations and Treaties, how they apply to Australia and how they have been applied in Australia’s human rights journey. Not only is education a fundamental human right, it has the power to liberate individuals and communities to help them reach their full potential.

“The Calendar and all of the Commission’s school education resources are free, easy to download and have been developed by human rights experts so schools, parents, students, teachers and the broader community can trust the information is factual and clear, while appropriate and engaging for young people,” said Professor Croucher.

Professor Croucher believes these resources - and the Commission’s work more broadly - goes to the heart of what human rights means to everyone, everywhere, everyday.

In launching the Calendar, the President also highlighted the National Conversation on Human Rights - an ambitious plan to identify how the Commission can build Australia's understanding and realisation of our human rights and freedoms. The Commission will soon be releasing an Issues Paper seeking input from the public, ahead of public consultations and expert forums around Australia.

The Conversation will culminate with a Human Rights Summit to take place in October with high level experts attending.

“What kind of Australia do we want to live in? Not just for ourselves, but for our children and our children’s children.

“Understanding our human rights is part of that answer,” she said.

The Rights and Freedoms Calendar can be found here.