Curriculum & Classroom

Information on how rights-based education provides a practical framework to implement Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum, as well as Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary School classroom activities linked to learning ares, key competencies, values, curriculum levels and year levels.

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Top 10 UNICEF cartoons

This link takes you to UNICEF's top 10 cartoons relating to the Rights of the Child. Most of these cartoons are suitable for all ages.

This link takes you to the UNICEF Canada website, on this site you are able to access classroom activities on human rights for various ages. This site also contains resources such as maps, information on the United Nations and statistics and data relating to human rights. There are a number of links to other websites also available.
UNICEF cartoons

This link takes you to a UNICEF website which contains a list of cartoons for children explaining the Rights of the Child.
What are children's rights?

An upper Primary or Intermediate activity teaching children that as young people they are afforded special rights and concurrent responsibilities. This activity will empower children in the knowledge that an internationally recognised set of rights affirm their citizenship in the here and now. Meeting curriculum achievement objectives, children learn how people make choices to meet their needs and wants (Level 2 Social Studies), as well as how groups make and implement rules and laws (Level 3 Social Studies).

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What does a child need?

A Primary or Intermediate activity predominantly for the Arts and social sciences. Aiming to increase children’s awareness of the international rights framework which details their individual rights and responsibilities. Children will learn to understand that people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups (level 1 social studies), understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants (level 2 Social Studies) and understand how groups make and implement rules and laws (level 3 social studies).

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What if?

A Secondary activity exploring the social sciences strands 'Place and Environment' – how people interact with their environment and 'Continuity and Change' – predicting future impact based on people’s past interactions. Themed on the indivisibility of human rights, students are required to consider the impact and interdependence of rights, understand cause and effect and consider rights in our daily life during this activity.

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When is old enough?

A Secondary social sciences activity examining evolving capacities and children’s participation in society. Students will be encouraged to reflect on decision-making processes in families, discuss child participation in family life and become familiar with the concept of evolving capacities. Curriculum key competencies 'Managing self' and 'Participating and Contributing' are addressed - as students learn when and how to act independently and gain the capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, whilst balancing rights, roles and responsibilities.

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Where do you stand?

A secondary social studies activity promoting understanding of the difference between civil and political rights and social and economic rights. This activity requires students to think about some of the complex issues associated with protection rights and to use and develop skills of discussion and argumentation.

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Who am I?

A lower Primary activity to develop children’s self awareness and pride in themselves. Curriculum values of respect for self, others & human rights, diversity and equity are explored. Creativity, design, artwork, thinking, self analysis and discussion are involved.

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Who's not in our school?

A Secondary social studies activity based on issues of access to education. This activity will increase student awareness of factors that keep some groups of children out of school and help them identify education as an opportunity for full participation in your community. Curriculum values of 'equity' – tika/pono – fairness and 'innovation, inquiry and curiosity' – pokirehau/whakamatemate – thinking critically and reflectively, are explored.

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