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Bring Human Rights to School

Education
Friday 8 April, 2016
Australian school kids

A great way of making a difference is by bringing human rights to your own school. There are a number of ways that you can do this as a student, and you can even encourage your own teachers to do it as well!

For Students

Celebrate Harmony Day or hold a Human Rights Day at your local school.

Human Rights Day - 10 December

To help your school celebrate International Human Rights Day, here are some suggestions that you could consider taking to the person or group responsible for planning the occasion – or you could volunteer to be part of the group and help:
Have a human rights award for people who have contributed to human rights in your school or community.

  • Create or take over part of a notice board for human rights activities, news and issues.
  • Develop a multicultural charter setting out some key principles that apply in your school and community.
  • Develop a human rights pledge which all students and staff can be asked to recite on the day.
  • Invite human rights speakers to your school.
  • Prepare a ‘what to see’ list for forthcoming film or television programs which have a human rights interest.
  • Support a human rights project.
  • Create a list of human rights websites (start with the Commission website at www.humanrights.gov.au), and use these to develop a trivia quiz on human rights for your school.
  • Contact a group such as Amnesty International and consider setting up a school chapter of such a group

Start thinking and planning now. Make 10 December a ceremony that really creates awareness of human rights issues, which inspires people to appreciate what they have, and to strive to make sure that all people enjoy human rights equally.

Or you can start a human rights group in your school.

 

Harmony Day - 21 March

Check out the Harmony Day website for some cool ideas on how to celebrate Harmony Day:

  • online
  • at home with your family
  • with friends

 

You can also check out the Human Rights Calendar for some other dates and ideas:

For Teachers

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced education modules on a broad range of human rights issues. The modules have been designed for upper primary and secondary school students and are linked to the curriculum of each State and Territory.
Click below for further information on each of the Commission's human rights education modules.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced education modules on a broad range of human rights issues. The modules have been designed for upper primary and secondary school students and are linked to the curriculum of each State and Territory.
Click below for further information on each of the Commission's human rights education modules.