Thanks to the amazing support of Diane Ruffles, Director of Library Services at Melbourne Grammar School (MGS), we were able to run the first Victorian Human Rights Educational Leadership Forum at MGS. Approximately 120 students from a variety of Victorian schools attended and actively participated. We were even honored to have MGS Headmaster Philip Grutzner open the forum and appreciated his encouraging words.

Due to the educational nature of the forum and Hugh Kingsley’s collaborative relationship with Monash University, it was offered as a Monash University forum. We were thrilled that Lorraine Finlay, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner could fly in for the forum and be a co-presenter.

After Lorraine Finley provided a contextual address explaining how human rights applies to everyone, Hugh started the educational component of the forum, in the form of The Human Rights Game. In groups students discussed the issues involved on the playing cards and then freely shared their opinions. After gameplay students were asked to write down their thoughts about how to create human rights friendly schools. Soon the white board was full of thoughtful suggestions. Those suggestions have been analyzed by Monash University’s Dr Erin Leif. Shortly she will publish an article  so we can all better understand the themes that students presented.

At the end of the forum, students were invited to meet the presenters and participate in photos. A surprising number of students came up, said the game was brilliant and wanted to shake hands.

We hope that the MGS human rights educational leadership forum becomes the catalyst for the wide-spread uptake of human rights education is schools so that we see a significant reduction in Racism, Anti Semitism, and Hate.

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The Human Rights Game is the perfect resource for teaching human rights and minimizing school-based bullying as it is fun, highly engaging and most of all educational.