Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
We live in a world of extremes – extreme wealth, extreme climate and extreme inequality. Responding to these extremes can no longer be the sole preserve of academics, politicians and policymakers. Education has an important role to play.
That is why we have developed a number of educational resources that can be used by teachers to incorporate themes of social justice, human rights and eco-justice into the classroom.
These resources are regularly updated. Users are encouraged to use and distribute the work for non-commercial purposes (including educational purposes, research and study) as long as the work is unchanged and is attributed to the Edmund Rice Centre.
The resources can be adapted to all year levels and curriculum areas.
- Just Facts - Our Just Facts information sheets are a resource providing information about contemporary justice and human rights issues for classroom use
- Just Speakers - Speakers from ERC are available for local and interstate events, including pesentations to student, teacher and parent groups
- Just Comments - These two-page commentary on contemporary human rights issues are ideal for Year 11 and 12 students
The Edmund Rice Centre's free publication Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource provides activities for students which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
We have developed activities to help teachers direct their students' exploration of the first Refugee Tea, entered at an Olympic Games. They are suitable for both Primary and Secondary students.