Teacher guide Working for a fairer world

TLF ID M013724

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about human rights and human well-being. It includes sections on human rights principles, values and access, issues faced by people that hinder access, the consequences of having and not having access, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, improving access, and the role young people can play in improving to human rights for themselves and others. It introduces this global issue and provides ideas and activities for classroom use. The resource also includes links to digital texts and learning objects to engage students in interpreting information. Three videos featuring three Millennium Development Goals are also used to support learning from the experiences of others.

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Educational value
  • This is a very valuable resource for exploring the Geographies of human well-being unit of study in the year 10 geography curriculum. It is particularly relevant to the content description about the reasons for and consequences of spatial variations in human wellbeing globally, and comparing human rights in different countries and identifying and explaining differences. The digital texts about human rights and human wellbeing are important for this content description and encourage the teacher's inclusion of literacy and intercultural understanding general capabilities. The focus on world views that value diversity and social justice, contribute to the sustainability cross- curriculum priority.
  • The resource contributes to students attaining the achievement standard in year 10 geography. It helps them investigate how the human rights problems of our world are interconnected and evaluate the interactions between processes at different scales and explain how these interactions can influence the character and development of places and their interdependence with other places. Students identify the implications of change in places and consider what this implies for bringing about change. They apply their understanding of the processes of change - in particular the power of education, to identify what would be needed to achieve more sustainable futures for people in countries with limited access to human rights.
  • The resource contributes to students attaining the achievement standard in year 10 English. It helps them make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions, building on others' ideas, solving problems, justifying opinions and developing and expanding arguments.
  • It is also relevant to the sustainability cross-curriculum priority, particularly the fourth and eighth organising ideas that world views that value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability and that designing action for sustainability requires and balanced judgements based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts. The UNICEF videos created by young people are outstanding examples of young people engaging in education to inform learning, demonstrating that education is the most powerful instrument for bringing about the changes required to achieve sustainable development.
  • The resource is very relevant to the intercultural understanding and ethical behaviour general capabilities. The visual and digital resources encourage understanding about the complexity of human rights issues of the world. They support students to learn from the experience of others.
  • The videos that examine the Millennium Development Goals provide an in-depth study of issues such as access to education, gender equality issues and the empowerment of women.
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  • Contributor
  • Name: AusAID
  • Organization: AusAID
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  • URL: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
  • URL: http://australia.gov.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Text
  • Video
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