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To: Minister of Education – Hon Chris Hipkins, Associate Minister of Education – Jan Tinette, Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) – Hon Kelvin Davis, Associate Minister of Education (Pacific Peoples) – Hon Aupito William Sio

Make Civics Education a Core Subject in All New Zealand Secondary Schools.

Make Civics Education a Core Subject in All New Zealand Secondary Schools.

We want a stronger democracy where every New Zealander is an active participant in our democratic processes.

We want every person to have the knowledge and skills to effect change.

We want every person to have the knowledge to vote and ensure all views are represented within local and central government.

We urge the Ministry of Education to develop a civics education program and implement it as a core subject in all New Zealand secondary schools by the 2026 General Election.

Why is this important?

In New Zealand, we have less social cohesion, lowering levels of trust in the government and lowering voter turnout rates. These are urgent matters that require action.

We believe it requires implementing education and training within schools so young people have the ability to learn before they are able to actively engage and understand how decisions are made. We believe this is one crucial action that will work towards a more democratic society.

The 2020 general election showed that 78% of eligible voters from the age of 18 – 24 voted compared to 89.14% of eligible voters between the age of 65 – 69.

The 2019 local body election showed that only 41.7% of all eligible voters voted.
We can do better as a country.

There is currently a School Leavers Toolkit (https://school-leavers-toolkit.education.govt.nz/en/government-and-voting/) which was announced by the Labour Government in 2019 as a resource to equip students with the core skills and knowledge they need to leave school. We agree with Chris Hipkins when he said “This is just a start” and while we appreciate the MoE acknowledging civics education is an integral part of a person's education. We want civics education in all New Zealad schools to be the end goal.

We urge the Ministry of Education to create richer content to be taught in secondary schools in a way that is engaging, experiential and participatory whilst maintaining an apolitical tone that enables people to question and explore their own beliefs and values.
“We need to make sure all our young people can leave school with the skills they need to get on in life…It shouldn’t be left to chance” – Chris Hipkins

Civics in Schools is a group of passionate people who have a vision where every New Zealander is an active participant within our democratic processes. We want every person to have the tools and knowledge to vote, make informed decisions and effect change.

We are a multi-generational group of people, campaigning and calling on Minister of Education – Hon Chris Hipkins, Associate Minister of Education – Jan Tinette, Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) – Hon Kelvin Davis, Associate Minister of Education (Pacific Peoples) – Hon Aupito William Sio to make civics education a core subject within all New Zealand secondary schools.

Civics in Schools in the media:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-government/127970420/petition-created-to-teach-civics-in-schools

https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018834600/call-for-civics-to-be-a-core-subject-in-school-curricula

Updates

2022-03-09 08:34:37 +1300

100 signatures reached

2022-03-07 20:16:37 +1300

50 signatures reached

2022-03-07 08:54:45 +1300

25 signatures reached

2022-03-06 19:41:51 +1300

10 signatures reached