Democracy is easily taken for granted but sorely missed if it is taken away and some new resources from Cool Australia in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) explore the nature and origins of our democratic freedoms.
The launch of the Story of Our Rights and Freedoms curriculum unit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the defining document for human rights in the modern age.
The 18-lesson unit for Years 7–10 will broaden students’ understanding of democracy and its function throughout history with curriculum for history and civics and citizenship classes. Download the lessons at the Cool Australia site.
All lessons include videos and activities about human rights with a focus on relevant legislation and particular issues that affect individuals and groups both locally and internationally.
The lessons have been built with accessibility in mind and are compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0.
Cool Australia’s Founder and MD Jason Kimberley said Cool Australia was thrilled to collaborate with the AHRC to provide teachers with an engaging and interactive set of learning tools that are linked to the Australian Curriculum.
“The Story of Our Rights and Freedoms will inform young people about their rights and freedoms as well as build 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, team work, communication and creative thinking,” he said.
AHRC President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AO said education had the power to bring about positive change in communities across Australia.
“One of the core functions of the Australian Human Rights Commission is to promote an understanding and public discussion in Australia about rights and responsibilities in relation to human rights,” she said.
“Our newest series of resources will support Australian teachers and students to deepen their understanding of the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and some of the other core elements that underpin the protection of our rights and freedoms in Australia today.”
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