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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Compass - Trade Union Meeting

This more complex activity is a simulation of a meeting between an employer and employees together with their trade union representatives to negotiate wages and conditions. The issues addressed include the role of trade unions, the collective bargaining in the workplace and workers' rights. While understanding the role of trade unions, students develop consensus decision making skills. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - Violence in my life

Discussion activity in which people explore their experiences of inter-personal violence. Students should be able to identify oneself not only as an object of violence but also as someone who could be a source of violence and are encouraged to deal with violence in positive ways. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - When tomorrow comes

This activity uses information sheets and discussion to explore issues about the rights of criminals, the death penalty and the protection of society from criminals. It aims is to examine preconceptions about criminals and reflect on some of the implications of the death penalty. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - Who are I ?

This activity involves buzz groups, brainstorming, drawing and group discussion to explore issues of identity. Students will be aware of their own individuality and that of others, they identify what they have in common with others which enables the promotion of solidarity and respect. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - Work and Babies

This role-play activity deals with issues of rights in the workplace and discrimination against women in the workplace and develops knowledge about women’s reproductive rights. The activity also attempts to make participants appreciate what it feels like to be discriminated against. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Creating Classroom Rules

The importance of classroom climate and the need for participation and cooperation cannot be emphasised enough. The children’s suggestions and opinions are also very helpful in creating the best classroom atmosphere. Be open to their help and provide necessary changes.The following activity is very significant because it has a direct effect on classroom climate. It clearly demonstrates a teacher’s willingness to involve the class in how the classroom is run and her or his own trust in its members. It also makes children think about what rules are desirable and possible in class, how they might be observed and the teacher’s own role in maintaining the classroom environment.

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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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Developing a human rights-based school curriculum

This resource outlines how and why to develop a human rights-based school curriculum. (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.

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