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20151016 - Global Dignity - 16 October 2015 - 9:30 - Stream 2

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Global Dignity


Classifications: Enabled, Events Not to be missed, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: DART Connections

Provider: Global Dignity

Presenter: Dr Tim Soutphommasane

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Date: 16 October 2015

Start Time: 9:30

End Time: 11:30 am

Duration: 2 hrs

Closing Date: Bookings Close 16-Oct-15

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 5

Non-DEC Positions: 1

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

KLA Stage/s: Stage 5

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KLA Keyword/s: Empathetic understanding, perspectives, human wellbeing


Event Overview: Global Dignity is a conversation about dignity. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.

The aim is to make the concept of dignity tangible and understandable to all students who participate. Defining dignity in their own words and sharing stories from their own lives gives students ownership of the concept.

The workshop is 2 hours in duration and ideal for year 10 students.

First Plenary (45min): Following a short welcome, Dr Tim Soutphommasane will present the keynote address.

Dr Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of The University of Sydney.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m not racist but … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

Classroom activity (Offline 45min): Students are then asked to further explore the concept of dignity in a small workshop facilitated offline in their classrooms. Teacher resources are available to support facilitation of this session. At the end of this session students are asked to think of their personal experience of dignity and are assisted to prepare a dignity story.

Second Plenary (30min): Class groups will then reconvene online for a plenary session where some students will have an opportunity share their dignity stories.


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Additional Booking Instructions: Click the 'Book Excursion' button below and complete the online form. We will email you a booking confirmation.


Limit of 6 classes/schools, bookings are on a first in first served basis.

Global Dignity Day is a 2 hour workshop which requires a 45 minute classroom activity. Resource material for the classroom session will be emailed to all participating schools on registration.

Teachers are advised to login in to the video conference 10 minutes prior to commencement to ensure a satisfactory connection. Technical assistance is available from DART CONNECTIONS Help desk: 1800 824 737

Further Information: Global Dignity Day is a worldwide event that creates a space for young people to think about the concept of dignity and how our dignity is interrelated with others. It was established in 2006 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States), who met as Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. They realized that the one thing that everyone in the world could agree on, irrespective of their differences is: We all want our Dignity to be recognized.

Global Dignity Day is now an annual event in over 70 countries, and last year over 350,000 secondary students around the world took part. Its Honorary Board members include Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Dignity Principles

The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:

1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfil one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

For more information on Global Dignity Day in Australia: www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/global-dignity-day

For information on the Global Dignity Days around the world: http://www.globaldignity.org/view/home

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