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Whole-staff workshops

Last Updated (Tuesday, 31 March 2009 08:24)

Whole-staff workshops have been held at Motueka High School (Dec), Nelson Central Primary, St Paul’s Richmond, and Lower Moutere (Jan), and a 1½ day workshop with senior students at Motueka High.

Comments from recent whole-staff workshops:


Human rights should be like an umbrella that fits over everything that is in our school

We have lots of different programmes or initiatives currently running that would perhaps better fit under the one human rights umbrella.

It could reduce the work load in certain areas, by possibly absorbing other initiatives or generating a greater focus/ purpose for other initiatives ie goals, restorative chats etc. Give a worthwhile theme to our whole approach.

This could make our rules seem more meaningful to our students and staff.


New education resources on the web

Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 November 1999 12:00)

We’ve revamped the website to make it easier to navigate, and many proven human rights learning activities have been added. Please explore, and give the Facilitation Team feedback to help us improve the webservice and any of the specific resources you find there. Each page has a “Comment on this page” facility.

"I found the curriculum in the classroom tab extremely useful with lots of great ideas that are well organised on the site and can be easily used within the classroom”

Sally Russ (Nelson Central Primary)

The HRiE forum has also been established providing the opportunity for you to bounce ideas off other HRiE colleagues and our Facilitation Team.



2009 – a good year to develop human rights-based education!

Last Updated (Tuesday, 30 November 1999 12:00)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRoC) – the landmark treaty spelling out the human rights of children and the responsibilities of ‘duty-bearers’ such as schools. As a party to UNCRoC since 1993, New Zealand state agencies are required to:

  • Have “the best interests of the child” as “a primary consideration” in “all actions concerning children”.
  • Honour the right of each child “to express... views freely in all matters affecting the child”, with those views “being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child”.
  • Direct education to “development of the child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential” and to “preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society”, including development of respect for others and human rights.
  • “Make the principles and provisions of the Convention widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike”.

Please feel free to contact HRiE for ideas on school activities to commemorate UNCROC's anniversary.


Third annual research report on Hampshire's 'RRR' approach shows positive results for rights-based education

Last Updated (Friday, 14 November 2008 13:43)

Hampshire’s Rights, Respect, Responsibility approach, which is similar to Human Rights in Education has “been demonstrated to be a very effective means not only of children’s rights education, but also of education”, according to its third annual external review.

To see the full report click here


Inaugural Meeting for HRiE Early Childhood advisory group

Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:03)

The HRiE early childhood advisory group held its inaugural meeting in Wellington on the 28th of October.  The group discussed ways in which HRiE will fit into New Zealand's Early Childhood Education sector. Many exciting ideas were put on the table and the group were very supportive of the Initiative's work.  Look out for more news about HRiE in early childhood education over the coming months.

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