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Year 8 Interdisciplinary Learning

Human Rights Convention

Common Unit

Unit Description

'Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.'  

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations, 1948.

The Human Rights Convention is the third part of a three part program involving the Hattah Outdoor Education and Rural experiences. The program is designed to give students an understanding of fundamental Human Rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to become aware of current and historical Human Rights issues both internationally and in Australia. Ideally the program not only raises an awareness of Human Rights problems but also empowers students to be able to contribute positively to protect Human Rights in the world.

Highlights of the program include an inequality simulation game, an excursion to the Holocaust Museum, the Big Issue and Urban Seed, visiting speakers from various community organisations, and a closing Chapel service run by the students.

While the Human Rights Convention is not formally assessed, students produce a number of pieces of work which are shared with the cohort during the final Chapel service. Students are also encouraged to develop an action plan, reflecting on how they will use what they have learned during the convention to change their own behaviours and attitudes.