• Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Freedoms

Key information
Cost $15/student Duration 3 hours Supervision ratios The supervision ratio is 1:20 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge. Curriculum links Stage 5: History, Core Study – Depth Study 4: Rights and Freedoms (1945-present)
About the program:

This three-hour program focuses on the nature and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the continuing efforts to secure civil rights and freedoms in Australia. Centred on the Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Holocaust and Human Rights, students will contemplate the creation and the role of the Declaration as well as additional documents in protecting human rights in the contemporary world. In looking at the contemporary effectiveness of the document, students will look at one of four instances of rights abuses in Australia (teacher choice):

  • LGBTIQ rights
  • The rights of Indigenous Australians
  • The rights of people with disabilities
  • The rights of refugees and asylum seekers

The program includes an interactive seminar with a Museum educator, first-hand testimony from a Holocaust survivor and a guided tour of the Museum including the Human Rights space.

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Plan your visit

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

On the day

  • We recommend arriving 15 minutes before your program begins and assembling students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main Museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main Museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road where security will greet you and show you where to go.
  • Note that the Museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

Lunches

  • There is an option of pre-ordering our school café lunch which can be eaten in Green Park before or after the excursion. Please click here to see the menu.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat their lunch in the park after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.

Access

  • Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the Museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.
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Understanding the Holocaust

Introduce your students to studying the Holocaust. This program explores key historical events that contributed to this cataclysmic event unfolding.

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