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2010 Media Release: New teaching resources will help students understand human rights


Teachers and students now have access to a new range of interactive human rights education resources, released by the Australian Human Rights Commission today.

Commission President Cathy Branson QC, launched the new rightsED resource this week by sending a complimentary DVD to schools around the country in a bid to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities.

“The importance of human rights education should not be underestimated in our efforts to create a more respectful human rights culture in Australia,” Ms Branson said.

“Human rights education is critical if we are to make real inroads in our efforts towards true social inclusion in Australia.

Ms Branson said the rightsEd resource includes a range of interactive education activities for teachers and students which introduce human rights concepts in an engaging and relevant way.

rightsED is guided by a clear set of education principles and learning outcomes and consists of nine resources which each feature activities around different human rights issues and topics searchable by the Key Learning Area into which they fit.

The nine resources in the new range include: Understanding human rights, Commemorate Human Rights Day, Child rights, Bringing them home, Face the Facts, Voices of Australia, Disability Rights – What about Doug’s Rights?, Young people in the workplace, and Tackling sexual harassment.

rightsED comprises more than 400 pages of worksheets, resources and activities and is the culmination of over a year’s work. The resource fits in well with the emphasis on human rights education announced by the Attorney-General yesterday,” Ms Branson said.

“Education will be a key focus of the Commission in the coming year,” Ms Branson said.

“I urge all teachers to take advantage of these practical tools that will bring human rights to life for students around Australia.”

All resources are available free online at or the DVD can be ordered by calling publications on 1300 369711 or emailing

Media contact: Louise McDermott 0419 258 597