The world’s governments have agreed that you – as a person under the age of 18 – have the right to an education that respects and helps realise your human rights and those of others.

These human rights include the rights to dignity, safety, fair treatment and a say in what happens at school, and – in the words of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – an education aimed at

  • development of your personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential;
  • development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations;
  • development of respect for your parents, your own cultural identity, language and values, for New Zealand values, the country from you may have come, and for civilizations different from your own;
  • preparation for responsible life in a free society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons of indigenous origin
  • development of respect for the natural environment.

Human Rights in Education is an initiative of schools and early childhood education centres seeking to deliver on this right.

Young people have the right to express themselves, organise with others, and have a say in decisions that affect them – and these rights are crucial to a democracy. So active student participation is a key characteristic of Human Rights in Education schools.

For information about human rights aimed at young people visit

Know your Rights Children’s Corner (UN)

Voices of Youth (Unicef)

Try some great games relating to human rights at (ages 5-10)

Children's Commissioner for Wales (ages 5-10)

Global Kids (ages 11+)

Pictures for truth (ages 11+)

Games for Change (games for ages 7+)

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 June 2012 13:54)