Human Rights for Schools

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International Human Rights Day is on 10 December and to celebrate the Equal Opportunity Commission, together with Edith Cowan University intern Patience Makambwa, has launched its pilot program to introduce human rights and anti-discrimination in WA schools.

Dr John Byrne with Strategy and Engage Manager Diana MacTiernan and students from Huntingdale Primary School

Ms Makambwa worked with the Commission over a period of three months interviewing senior primary and middle school students from North Fremantle Primary School, Huntingdale Primary School, Newman College and Lance Holt Primary School to ascertain what students understood about human rights and discrimination and how they wished to learn more about those subjects. 

The information gathered will help the Commission's Community Education Team put together a strategy for educating students in primary and secondary school about human rights and discrimination as part of the next phase of the project.

WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne said listening to and educating young Western Australians was an important investment in the state's future.

"If we truly wish to have a Western Australia free from discrimination and prejudice, we need to educate the young people of WA about their rights and responsibilities under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984," he said.

Lance Holt students with certificates
Lance Holt Primary School students with their certificates
Page reviewed 10 December 2022