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Copyright acknowledgement

Third Annual Human Rights Oration:
Grass roots human rights: beyond symbolism. Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Date: 28th July 2014

Grassroots human rights

Theme: Racism in Australia – Stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination
Learning Area: English - Humanities and social sciences
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Age Group: Primary Upper (10-12 years) - Secondary Lower (13-14 years)
Secondary Middle (15-16 years)
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Stimulus Name Ten point plan for human rights action

Students examine Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue’s Ten Point Plan for Human Rights Action and consider whether the points are still relevant today and what initiatives they, as a group or as individuals, can take.


To mark Human Rights day 2003, Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue gave the Third Annual Human Rights Oration entitled Grassroots human rights: beyond symbolism at the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission.  In it she suggests that we have some way to go in the area of human rights but there is opportunity in most contexts for everyone to make a difference – even if it can only be one step at a time.  To assist this process she has devised a Ten Point Plan for Human Rights Action.

Resources needed
  • IWB
  • Internet
Suggested Activities
  1. Download Ten Point Plan for Human Rights Action  teacher information and student worksheets.
    • Divide class into pairs or groups and give each a copy of Ten Point Plan for Human Rights Action worksheet.
    • Read and discuss the plan in groups.
    • In the same groups consider how they personally related to the ten points
    • Each student records their thoughts on their worksheet.
    • Class regroups and teacher collates ideas on whiteboard.
  2. Download and read Third Annual Human Rights Oration: Grass roots human rights: beyond symbolism.
    • Read and discuss what human rights issues are addressed in the paper. Are they still relevant today
    • Have students choose a human right issue that they feel is unacceptable and research the issue using the websites in the Related Resources section of this lesson.
    • As a class, in groups or in pairs, take action using the Ten point Plan for Human Rights Action strategies.
    • Plan a class or school assembly to report on the action.
Additional Strategies

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights fact sheet and discuss.