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Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Examples for the Australian Curriculum resource identifies opportunities within the Australian Curriculum for students to learn about human rights issues from Foundation (Kindergarten) to Year 10 in the key learning areas of English, History, Geography, Science and Maths.

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Roads to Refuge – NSW Government

Roads to Refuge is designed to give students, teachers and the community access to relevant, factual and current information about refugees. The website includes a range of resources including videos, lesson ideas

Edmund Rice Centre

The Edmund Rice Centre’s Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource includes 35 cross- curricular activities, adaptable to all year levels. Suitable for primary and secondary students.

Behind the Wire

The Education Pack contains five lessons for secondary schools, designed to assist students to engage with the stories through the multimedia resources available. The lessons can be applicable to English, Media, Civics and Citizenship, and Geography from years 7-12, and are based on the Australian, NSW and Victorian curricula.

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)

Foundation House

Taking Action – Human Rights and Refugee Issues Teaching Resource is appropriate for the middle years – Years 5–9. Teachers can make curriculum links to the learning areas of Studies of Society and Environment, Geography, History, International studies, Civics and Citizenship, Health, Personal Development and English.

Global Education

The Global Education website contains a range of resources to encourage a global perspective across curricula, including this lesson plan on refugees. Suitable for primary and secondary students.

Racism No Way!

The “Racism. No Way!” project aims to assist Australian school communities and education systems to recognise and address racism in the learning environment. The project website has a range of lesson ideas and student worksheets ready for download on racism, prejudice, cultural diversity, identity, language, migration and refugees. Suitable for primary and secondary students.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR has developed lesson modules for different age groups that will help teachers introduce refugee issues into the curriculum in a range of subject areas, including art, geography, history, civic education and language and literature. Suitable for primary and secondary students.

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Refugee Week 2022

Refugee Week from 19-25 June 2022 is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.


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