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The UNICEF website has a variety of fabulous resources that students and teachers can access that deal with human rights. In particular the photo essay section that relates to children's rights is a great resource that can be adapted into a Stage 3 lesson while addressing outcome CCS3.2 Explains the development of the principles of Australian democracy (BOS, 1998), looking at children's rights in particular.
As a whole class look at some of the photo essays that children have published on UNICEF's website. Discuss with students how the human right has been depicted by the student and ask them to think and discuss if it is similar to our human rights in Australia or how it might differ? Then using UNICEFS's simplified version of the rights of the child ask students to choose one children's right and create an artwork or find a photograph that represents their chosen human right. The teacher can then collate all the student's work to make a gallery of images to further represent their depiction of children's human rights.
This resource provides students with not only knowledge about human rights but also the mechanisms to help develop skills to promote and apply human rights to their own lives (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011). They are provided with the opportunity to consider how the images from around the world apply to their own lives. As a result they can appreciate how fortunate they are to have their basic human rights met on a daily basis and start to think about what they can do to help others who aren't as fortunate.
Board of Studies NSW (1998). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: B.O.S. Retrieved from http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/
Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment. 4th Edition. South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.