New online education resources help students explore human rights issues

Australian Human Rights Commission Friday, 28 November 2008

The Australian Human Rights Commission has just updated the online Face the Facts education resources, which aim to provide students with a stronger understanding of issues concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants and multiculturalism, asylum seekers and refugees.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma said there was a clear need for information that addressed prevailing myths and stereotypes about refugees, migrants and Indigenous peoples.

“The Face the Facts education resource is designed to complement the material in the 2008 Face the Facts publication and uncovers issues that are often misrepresented,” Mr Calma said.

“It is an essential resource for exploring these issues in the classroom.”

The activities are suitable for use in a range of key learning areas for secondary students across Australia. Teaching notes, student activities and worksheets are provided, plus a range of recommended online resources and further reading.

The resources are designed to introduce Australian students to human rights concepts in an engaging, relevant way and are available online at: http://humanrights.gov.au/education/face_facts/

“And with International Human Rights Day (10 December) almost upon us, it is also an opportune time for teachers to draw on some of the activities in the Commission’s Human Rights Day education resources for their students,” Mr Calma said.

The online resources feature a range of activities to help celebrate Human Rights Day – which this year is also the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in 1948.

Activities include: where the UDHR came from; constructing a human rights timeline, and: researching how international human rights have developed.

The Human Rights Day education resources are available online at: http://humanrights.gov.au/education/hr_day/