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Introduction to Human Rights

This video conference defines what is meant by the term “human rights” and examines the origins of modern human rights, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and how to identify them. Additionally, concepts and themes related to human rights will be explored through two short films (one for primary and one for secondary). The video conference will be accompanied by a lesson plan and teaching resources.

Thank you to our Guest Speaker: David Burke, Senior Lawyer/Pro Bono Coordinator at the Human Rights Law Centre


Lesson plan:

Lesson 1 – What are Human Rights


The Rights of the Child

This videoconference examines the human rights of children under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, particularly how it is applicable in schools. We use two short films to discuss children’s human rights, Ali and the Long Journey to Australia (for years 5-6) and This Is Yarra (for years 7-10).

Thank you to our guest speakers Senior Advisor Education and Engagement for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Kylie Smith, Ali and the Long Journey to Australia Producer Lara McKinley (Oxfam/Monash University), Co-writer Mervi Kaukko (Monash University) and Noble Park Primary Principal David Rothstadt.



Lesson plan:

Lesson 2 – The Rights of the Child


Indigenous Rights

Using the short narrative film Brown Paper Bag as a touchpoint, in this videoconference and lesson we explore Aboriginal literacy and cultural rights. Screen Educator and celebrated author, performer and poet Boori Monty Pryor discuss the power of storytelling and touch on how Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protects the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.


Lesson Plan:

Lesson 3 – Indigenous Rights


The Rights of People living with Disability

Responding to the short narrative film Shakespeare in Tokyo, the last video conference and lesson plan in the series explores the rights and representation of people living with disabilities, including the importance of a person-centred approach.

The video features artist Kate Disher-Quill and disability advocate Tash Swingler discussing the reality of living with disability and how the Disability Discrimination Act aims to protect people across Australia from unfair treatment in many areas of public life.


Lesson Plan:

Lesson 4 – Disability Rights


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