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Human Rights Education

Early Childhood Education

Friday 7 October, 2016

Recognising that early childhood environments provide the ideal setting for children to begin learning about their rights and responsibilities, and to develop respect for those around them, the Australian Human Rights Commission has recently started working more closely with the early childhood education and care sector.

Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to prejudice

Tuesday 5 July, 2016

Download Human rights in the school classroom

Tuesday 2 December, 2014

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.

New human rights guide to the Australian Curriculum

The Commission has released a new tool intended to help identify many of the opportunities that the Australian Curriculum provides for teaching students about the promotion and protection of human rights, both in Australia and around the world.

“The Australian Curriculum provides a strong opportunity for children and young people to learn about their human rights and the importance of respecting the rights and freedoms of others,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.

Human Rights Examples for the Australian Curriculum


Strengthening Human Rights Education in the Economics and Business Curriculum: Years 5-10

Strengthening Human Rights Education in the Civics and Citizenship Curriculum Year 3 to Year 10

Education and Human Rights – Recognising one, realising all

Speech delivered to the Centre for Equality event “Education Under Fire”

Speech by Professor Gillian Triggs
President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Chief Justice, your honours, friends and colleagues, students, ladies and gentlemen:

May I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Kaurna people, and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present.

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.

2010 Media Release: Enhanced focus on human rights education and community engagement programs

The Australian Human Rights Commission will be focusing on building understanding and respect for rights through a range of community engagement and human rights education programs following recent announcements by the federal Government.