The Equality and Human Rights Commission defines Rights as “… the basic human rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.”
The Equal Opportunities Commission defines Discrimination as “… treating a person unfairly because of who they are or because they possess certain characteristics.”
Teaching about Rights and Discrimination helps students to better understand the world around them. It encourages students to incorporate human rights values into their daily lives, attitudes and behaviours. Discussing differences helps them develop an appreciation and respect for diversity and an ability to recognise discrimination when they see it or experience it. It is an effective means to promote empathy, tolerance and respect in the school community.
As well as human rights and discrimination in general, we look at the many associated issues such as disabilities, gender equality, sexuality, exploitation, the rights of children, racism, animal rights, religion and euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Articles, assignments and statistics can be used by teachers to encourage debate in the classroom, by students for research and by parents who wish to support their child’s learning at home.
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