Curriculum Level: 8

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A social studies toolkit for human rights learning (secondary)

This resource has been developed to help equip teachers - particularly those teaching levels 4-6 social studies of the New Zealand Curriculum - with some key tools to develop the human rights learning essential to effective citizenship in the 21st century.

Compass - Makah Whaling

This high level activity involves small group work, role-play, discussion and consensus building about the sustainable use of marine resources, the rights of indigenous peoples to their culture and development and explores the conflicts between the right to development and cultural life and protection of the environment. (Part of the Compass HRE Handbook Manual)

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Compass - To vote or not to vote

This activity involves a survey of people in the community to explore voting in elections and civic participation. Students develop skills to find out and analyse information critically and learn about the importance of  valuing the personal contribution of every citizen in a democracy. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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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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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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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.
Freedom for all - The human rights story

A presentation on the history of the human rights framework. This can be adapted for all levels of social studies.

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Human rights cards

This is a template of human rights cards which can be used for a number of different activities.

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Key articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This presentation outlines the key articles of the 1948 universal declaration, and how they have informed the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Letters and Friends

A Primary and Intermediate activity which can also be adapted to Secondary schools. Involving email and letter correspondence this activity promotes communication skills and understanding between different groups of young people. Applicable to learning languages, social sciences, english and arts learning areas.

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