In an effort to further promote and advocate respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand, the Commission is currently developing an online human rights education curriculum.
The programme has come about as the Commission looks for other ways to promote human rights awareness, particularly as there is currently little human rights education being offered in New Zealand outside of schools and universities.
The resources are being developed by the Commission and are also being reviewed by external stakeholders to provide input at key development stages.
The first module, an introduction to human rights, will be live in the first quarter of 2017. It covers:
- What human rights are and key human rights milestones in New Zealand
- Human rights and responsibilities of self, others and the State
- Promoting and protecting human rights focusing on the Treaty of Waitangi, the Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act
- The international human rights framework.
Manager of Special Projects for the Commission, Dr Jill Chrisp says, “The challenge for our project team is how we can replicate and enhance the opportunities that a face-to-face environment offers, by ensuring that the online experience is engaging and challenging enough that participants are actively involved in their learning, rather than being passive recipients of information.”
“By participating in the human rights education modules, we’re anticipating that people will know more about human rights and will be able to apply this knowledge to their attitudes and behaviours.”
Two other modules will be developed by mid-next year - Te Mana i Waitangi, the Human Rights Dimensions of the Treaty; and Business and Human Rights. In following years, the modules will be extended, including by partnering with other organisations and groups to meet specific content and sector areas.