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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Compasito 4.34 What a wonderful world

In this creative activity students draw two different pictures of two different environments. One displays an environment in which they would like to live that other one they would not like to live in. By comparing both pictures and linking them to their lives students are able to discuss ways to protect the environment. Suitable for Year 4-9. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.35 What I like and what I do

This activity  focuses on gender stereotypes. Students discuss what they like and what they don't like in relation to what people think is 'appropriate' or 'inappropriate' for their gender. They are then able to discuss these stereotypes and relate them to human rights.  (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.36 What if the world were flat?

This activity takes a "what if...?" perspective and introduces children to the "effect cascade". Thinking about a change in their life (for example no longer being able to go to school), they have to think about the implications that this change would have (for example not being able to read or write). (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.37 Where do you stand

This activity, which is part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook, aims to deepen an understanding of participation. Students explain their opinion on subjects through their physical position in the room.

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Compasito 4.38 Who's behind me?

In this activity students begin to understand the impact of stereotypes and labelling of both individuals and groups within society. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.39 Who should decide ?

This activity encourages students to think about decisionmaking. Children think about when and why parents or children should make certain decisions, particularly in relation to children's rights. Suitable for Years 3-9.  (Part of the Comapsito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.40 Words that wound

This activity deals with the freedom of expression and its limits. Children look at hurtful language, the effect it has on people and why some people choose to use it. Suitable for Years 6-9.  (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.41 World summer camp

For this activity students choose from a list of fictive children with whom they would like to spend the night with in a small tent. This prioritizing activity leads to a discussion about discrimination and stereotypes. Suitable for Years 4-9. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.42 Zabderfilio

This activity  is a puppet story through which the children are confronted with issues of difference and discrimination. This activity focuses on encouraging ideas of tolerance, diversity and equality.  Suitable for Years 3-6. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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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.

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