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Commission set to unveil online human rights education courses

Graphic: Screen grab of online education resources

The focus of the project is to inform and educate as many New Zealanders as possible about human rights - what they are and how they can be protected.

To make sure as many New Zealanders as possible develop an understanding of human rights, the Commission is developing an online education program that will be delivered very soon.

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 said that the 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 program 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 Program:

  • 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

The program 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. 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 program is that it's collaborative – people will be able to suggest improvements, new topics and issues, and also share their experiences through the courses," Dr Chrisp said.

Date: 1 June 2017

Source: New Zealand Human Rights Commission

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  1. Screen grab of online education resources - New Zealand Human Rights Commission