Online Human Rights Education

Online Human Rights Education

June 1, 2017

To make sure as many New Zealanders as possible develop an understanding of human rights – what they are and what they mean – the Commission is developing an online education programme that will be delivered very soon.

The Commission has a mandate to educate and raise awareness of human rights in New Zealand. In the past, the Commission has delivered face to face human rights training for community, government and business. However, following an extensive review, the Commission has taken the decision to progressively develop its human rights education provision through a digital platform.

Special Projects Manager Dr Jill Chrisp says that the main focus of the project is educating and informing as many New Zealanders about human rights as possible.

“Alongside the other work the Commission undertakes, providing this sort of programme online will ensure the Commission can have more reach and impact. It is easy to use and provides the most comprehensive human rights learning environment in the country.”

By combining three strands - human rights, education principles and practices and digital experiences the Commission’s Online Human Rights Education Programme:

  • positions the Commission as a centre of easy to access human rights resources and education
  • provides users with the ability to learn at times that suit them – expanding the potential audience for training
  • provides tailored and interactive learning modules that educate people about human rights, and the cultural and societal issues related to them
  • encourages people to apply this learning to their work –to all aspects of their lives
  • makes learning about human rights more accessible
  • reaches and engages more New Zealanders about human rights
  • extends our impact and take our digital learning further

Digital Communications Advisor, Shawn Moodie says, “The courses are designed to be engaging and participatory with different levels available to cater to a variety of learners – from the casual browser, to someone seeking a certification. It even has a virtual academy where students or organisations are able to sit courses together digitally.”

The programme will also be mobile responsive so it can be access anywhere on any device.

Difference courses are tailored to different audiences. It begins with an introductory course that has a general audience - Students and teachers, public and private sectors, non-government organisations, parties before and after mediation of human rights concerns, individuals or groups.

Other courses will be targeted to specific audiences such as the business and human rights course for the business sector.

“Possibly one of the most exciting aspects of this programme is that it’s collaborative – people will be able to suggest improvements, new topics and issues, and also share their experiences through the courses. We’re looking forward to seeing what people think!” Dr Chrisp says.

The first module of the programme will be available in late July.

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