Audio: Part 1
Audio: Part 2
With the national curriculum once again in focus, it's timely to reflect on the place of human rights in education. Is it the role of schools to teach issues like race relations and disability rights? If so, how? And how can schools engage with human rights and diversity beyond the curriculum?
Join our panellists:
- Dr Phil Lambert PSM, General Manager, Curriculum, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
- Justin Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia
- Annabel Astbury, Head, Digital Education, ABC
- Jim Asimakopolous OAM, Manager, Abilities and Disability Awareness Program, Victorian Department of Education and Training.
The Commission will also be launching its range of new schools education resources on disability, race relations and human rights for maths, geography, history and health/physical education at this event.
Dr Phil Lambert Bio
Dr Lambert has extensive experience in education as a principal, inspector, Executive Director, Assistant Director-General, Regional Director and General Manager. He has authored books and presented a number of papers and keynotes at national & international conferences. Phil has a MEd in Educational Administration & Management and completed his doctorate at the University of Sydney.
Phil has received a number of honours, awards and acknowledgements during his career. In the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his outstanding contribution to education and was acknowledged for his outstanding community work and leadership in a unanimous resolution in the Parliament of NSW. In 2006 he represented NSW at the World Educational Leadership Conference in Boston, USA and in 2010 represented NSW at the World Expo in Shanghai, China. He was a member of the Australian team at the 2013 Global Education Leaders Program held in New Delhi, India and in London this year. At the request of the Brazilian government he travelled to Sao Paulo in May 2014 and in August 2014 travelled to Saudi Arabia at the request of the Public Education Evaluation Commission.
Phil is both an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Nanjing Normal University, China. He was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Australian College of Educators’ award, the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal.
Phil has many interests and contributes to society in various ways. He has been learning Mandarin since 2009, was an industry judge for the 2013 TV Week Logie Awards and he is a member of the National Rugby League Central Advisory Committee. Phil is also a long standing Board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and is Deputy Chair on the Board of the national Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.
Justin Mohamed Bio
Justin Mohamed is a Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland. He worked with Victorian Aboriginal communities for 20 years before being elected to as Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Prior to his role at NACCHO, Justin was the inaugural director of the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE), an initiative of the Rumabalara Football/Netball Club.
He chaired the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, and is Co-Chair of the National Health Leadership Forum. He has also held positions on multiple community, state and national working groups, committees and boards and continues to be a director of the Greater Western Sydney Giants Foundation and Chairperson of Ganbina.
Annabel Astbury Bio
Annabel Astbury is Head, Digital Education at the ABC and is working with a great team to deliver ABC Splash which is one of Australia’s leading education sites which now has over 2500 resources mapped to the Australian Curriculum. ABC Splash worked with the Human Rights Commission to produce Choose Your Own Statistics, an interactive way for students to learn about Human Rights issues in Australia and across the world.
Jim Asimakopolous OAM Bio
Jim Asimakopolous, AOM, has lived with Cerebral Palsy all his life. In 1988 he pioneered the Abilities and Disability Awareness Program with the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, and has since delivered over 4,600 workshops and spoken to over 130,000 people.
Jim visits schools, community groups and football clubs across Victoria, promoting inclusion in schools and society. As a powerful role model to many students, the aim of his program is to make all people aware of what they can do, not what they can’t do.