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Online course invites New Zealand public to learn something new

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The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has launched an innovative online education program that invites the public to learn about human rights.

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission recently launched an online education programme – Human Rights and You – Ō Tika Tangata – inviting New Zealanders to learn what human rights are and how they apply in their everyday lives.

The Commission has previously delivered face-to-face human rights training for community, government and business.

However, following an extensive review, the decision was made to develop human rights education programs that could be delivered online.

Special Projects Manager Dr Jill Chrisp said the goal of the Human Rights and You is to engage as many New Zealanders as possible in learning about human rights as possible.

"Providing this sort of program online ensures that the Commission can have more reach and impact," Dr Chrisp said.

"It is easy to use and provides the most comprehensive human rights learning environment in the country."

By combining human rights resources, education principles and practices and a digital experience, Human Rights and You seeks to:

  • Provide users with the ability to learn at times that suit them
  • Deliver tailored and interactive learning modules that educate people about human rights, and the cultural and societal issues related to them
  • Make learning about human rights engaging and accessible.

Dr Chrisp said the program can be tailored to a wide variety of audiences and education levels, from the classroom to the office.

"And 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: 10 August 2017


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  1. Two women smiling - New Zealand Human Rights Commission