Key Competencies

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Australian Human Rights Commission

This link takes you to the Australian Human Rights Commission website, where you can access human rights activities for the classroom. These activities are suitable for a wide range of age groups.
Between You and Me

A Secondary social studies activity exploring attributes of identity – private, public, and shared. Students are taught how to be aware of their own individuality and that of others, to identify what they have in common with others and to promote respect for diversity.

Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook

Compasito will provide you with ideas, inspiration and practical help to explore human rights with children. Designed by the Council of Europe and thoroughly tested internationally Compasito includes various rights-based classroom activities suitable for Years 1-10 students. Follow this link to access a list of classroom activities.

CyberDodo is a fun interactive website for young children children. The site is dedicated to Defending Life and focuses on the Rights of the Child and the sustainability. offers numerous resources including games, cartoons, quizzes, information files and e-cards along.
Developing a class agreement

In this activity  students gain an understanding of the difficulties and processes involved in treaty negotiations. It will help them to appreciate the relationship between establishing a code of rights & responsibilities, and  living up to an agreed standard of behaviour within everyday occurences. With an emphasis on group participation in the creation and protection of rights, an agreed set of rules and responsibilities is established for the group. Curriculum values of equity - Tika/pono and respect for others - Manaaki/ãwhi, are emphasised. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Evidence of impact, the Hampshire case study

One of the most comprehensive approaches to human rights-based education, rolled out by Hampshire County of the United Kingdom. Impressive results from Hampshire are linked in this resource to the NZ Curriculum's values and key competencies - and positive impacts on academic achievement, teachers and school management experienced by Hampshire. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Film curriculum guides

This resource comes from Amnesty International - USA, it contains a list of movies concerned with human rights (such as 'Hotel Rwanda' and 'Blood Diamond'), for each movie there are several lesson plans and activities included.
Games for Change

Games for Change offers links to a number of games based on human rights, development and environmental sustainability issues in the world today. Games are able to be selected from interest categories and can also be broken into age groups. Ages covered range from 3 up.
Human Rights Advocates

A Secondary social studies or history activity promoting the study of social justice leaders. Through undertaking this activity students should become familiar with historical figures in the human rights field, be able to compare human rights perspectives past and present and identify attributes of leaders in the social justice realm. Curriculum values explored; excellence - hiranga by persevering in the face of difficulties; equity - Tika/pono through social justice; and integrity - Ngãkau/tapatahi by acting ethically.

Human rights calendar

This resource is a calendar that attempts to compile a list of days on which people worldwide celebrate human rights. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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