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.
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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 author of the material (such as ERC or another organisation).
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.
The Pyramid of Hate
This classroom exercise is designed to help educators teach students ages 14- 18 about the effects and consequences of bigotry and intolerance. The exercise integrates first-person video testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s archive with the Pyramid of Hate, a curricular tool developed by the Anti-Defamation League that provides students with an opportunity to explore the ways in which hate can escalate in society.
Through this exercise, students will explore their own attitudes about, and experiences with, prejudice and bigotry; examine the individual’s roles and responsibilities regarding ethnic, racial, and religious bias; and think critically about examples of prejudiced attitudes, acts of prejudice, discrimination, violence, and genocide.