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History Teachers Conference Christchurch

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 March 2009 08:50)

History teachers reflected on how the human rights themes running through history can engage students (and teachers), and how history teachers can contribute to better understanding of human rights, at the History Teachers Conference in Christchurch 6 Oct.

Cool Schools co-ordinators enthusiastic about HRiE

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 March 2009 08:50)

Cool Schools coordinators learned how peer mediation can contribute to human rights learning at their conference in Taupo. As with many behavioural management and peace building programmes existing in New Zealand's schools, the links between the peer mediation techniques learnt in 'Cool Schools' and a human rights-based approach to education proved to be numerous.


National implementation workshop for school leaders

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 March 2009 08:49)

A framework for many existing school practices

Participants in a national workshop 2-3 October 2008 saw great potential for human rights and responsibilities to be a framework for many existing practices in their schools.

Principals and staff from three schools were exploring how participation in the Human Rights in Education Initiative can add value by tying together areas such as curriculum, discipline and school culture, and sharing ideas for full implementation in their schools in 2009.

“Currently our culture/ethos is not based on anything in particular. We need to have a concrete framework to base things on, so when issues arise we can say let’s go back to our foundation principles. It will guide us in our future development as well,” said one principal.“We have a multitude of ‘programmes’ which are effective… but this will tie them together more powerfully,” said another participant.At the two day workshop members of the HRiE Facilitation Team introduced strategy map and balanced scorecard methodology – shown to lift corporate performance and increasingly used by school boards in the USA and UK – as a possible implementation tool for human rights-based education.


Catholic Education Office

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 March 2009 08:49)

The Catholic Education Office has decided to join the Initiative believing that Human Rights based education complements and re-enforces the special character of New Zealand's catholic schools.

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