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Gidday to our International Friends from New Zealand
Our Government is in the process of trying to make it compulsory for beneficiaries to send their 3 – 5 year old children to a Government registered ECE (Early Childhood Education) centre for 15 hours a week. I believe that it is the Government’s plan eventually to make this compulsory for ALL 3 – 5 year olds. So we are fighting this Bill with all that we have.
The bill has gone through it’s 1st reading and at the moment we have until midnidght, 1 November 2012 to put in submissions (6am 1 November, Illinois time).
All the information is in this link about the Bill: Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill, http://hef.org.nz/2012/
This bill if passed will require all children of beneficiary parents (domestic purposes, unemployment, disabiltiy and widows) to:
- attend 15 hours a week Early Childhood Education (ECE) from age 3
- attend school from age five or six
- enrol with a General Practitioner
- complete core WellChild/Tamariki Ora checks (these checks include immunisations)
I am concerned that the Bill will open a path to ECE and health checks being made compulsory for every child in New Zealand. The government will say that this is working so well for beneficiaries (and it won’t be) that they will want it to apply to everyone on the WFF and Family Support (two other benefits families in NZ get). Then to ALL 3- 5 year olds in a few years’ time.
I say this because of the experience we have with other issues in NZ and one that has been slowly changing over the years homosexual acceptance. We now have a Bill going through Parliament to make it legal for Homosexuals to marry. This pamphlet here also makes me think that they want to make the above compulsory for ALL 3 – 5 year olds. http://www.msd.govt.nz/
Result 2: Early childhood education: In 2016, 98 per cent of children starting school will have participated in quality early childhood education.
Result 3: Immunisation: Increase infant immunisation rates so that 95 per cent of eight month olds are fully immunised by December 2014 and this is maintained until 30 June 2017.
Result 4: Assaults on children: By 2017, we aim to halt the rise in children experiencing physical abuse and reduce current numbers by five per cent. —- (Why is Result 4 one ONLY 5%?)
Human Rights Laws:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) Article 26 (3)
Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976) Article 10 (1) and 13 (3)
3. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to choose for their children schools, other than those established by the public authorities, which conform to such minimum educational standards as may be laid down or approved by the State and to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) Article 18 (4)
4. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.
Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000) Article 14 (3)
3. The freedom to found educational establishments with due respect for democratic principles and the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right
European Convention on Human Rights (1952) Protocol 1, Article 2
New Zealand Care of Children Act (2004) The important thing to note is that this law gives parents the right to make decisions about their child’s education and health: http://www.legislation.govt.
The proposed Bill violates a parent’s right to choose where and how their child is to be educated; a right protected in the Care of Children Act 2004 (Clause 16(2)(d)), and in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Standards (E/C.12/1999/10, Article 13.29).
Furthermore, the Education Act does not require any children under 6-years old to attend an early childhood education centre. The Act nowhere discriminates against children of beneficiaries. This Bill ignores the Education Act and coerces beneficiary parents to enroll their children.
Please remember that we only have today to get these submissions into the Select Committee. (6am 1 November, Illinios time)
Thank you to all of you who respond to this and write submissions for us. Please also send this email to others you think will write submissions for us. Thank you.
Home Education Foundation
- Media Release 9 – Social Security Bill Should Treat Home Education as a Legitimate Choice
- Home Education Foundation’s submission
- Media Release 8 – Social Security Bill Will Cause Real Hardship to Real People
- Family Integrity’s submission
- Media Release 7 – Paula Bennett’s One-Size-Fits-All Approach Leaves Parents With No Options
- 2nd letter from Paula Bennett to Barbara Smith
- Why should I put a submission into the Select Committee about the beneficiaries?
- Media Release 6 – Social Security Bill Will Punish Responsible Parents Who ‘Can’t Be Bought’
- Beneficiaries: Policy and Law
- 66 Submissions
- Submission: Trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, slavery and deception
- Media Release 5 – Beneficiary Parents “Not Able to Home School” Under Social Security Bill
- Media Release 4 – Social Security Bill Targets Responsible Parents for Toughest Penalties
- Letter from Paula Bennett to Samuel Blight
- Opinion Piece in Truth
- Possible timeline for Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Media Release 3 – Social Security Bill’s ECE Obligations Breach Human Rights
- Media Release 2 – Vulnerable Children Not Benefited By Social Security Bill
- Media Release 1 – Social Security Bill Coerces Parents, Removes Freedom
- Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds
- Some of the main links
- Comment on Q+A: Social Development Minister Paula Bennett
- Human Rights in New Zealand Today: The right to education
- Raymond S. Moore on Early Childhood Centres
- Should preschool be compulsory?
- TVNZ One this morning Q&A with Paula Bennett
- Maxim Institute: What is best for children?
- HUGE Concerns over the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
- Letter from Paula Bennett concerning beneficaries and home education to Barbara Smith
- Toby Manhire on Benefit-slaying Nats starting to look plain nasty
- Linking welfare to preschool attendance a world first
- New Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?
- How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?
From the Smiths:
Updated 5 October 2012: One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here
Needing help for your home schooling journey:
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
This link is motivational:
Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill