We want to see every New Zealander have an understanding of their civic rights and our unique constitutional framework. The best way to guarantee this is to introduce a civics education programme into out education system.
It is UnitedFuture policy to:
- Ensure that young New Zealanders understand their civic rights and responsibilities by introducing compulsory and comprehensive civics education from years 1-13, including information about elections, our electoral system, our Parliament, central and local government, courts, the Head of State and other institutions;
- Create a fund – available to lower decile schools and schools with disadvantaged students – to bring their students to Wellington to visit institutions such as Parliament, the Treaty of Waitangi, National Library, Te Papa, and to meet MPs, Ministers, the Governor-General, and Judges;
- Require immigrants to take a civics course as part of becoming a New Zealand citizen, to promote civic understanding and the norms and expectations of New Zealand society;
- Investigate the introduction of a graded system towards citizenship, to develop the idea that citizenship is a privilege and not a right, as well as investigating the introduction of a citizenship test.
By bringing civics education into the New Zealand curriculum we can give Kiwi students, no matter their background, the ability to understand how to interact with our civic institutions and participate in the rich opportunities they offer.