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Consumer Resource Sent Free To Schools

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5 March 2001

Consumer Resource Sent Free To Schools

An educational resource developed by Consumers' Institute with assistance from the Legal Services Agency (formerly the Legal Services Board) is being delivered to nearly 1600 intermediate and full primary schools during the next few days.

The resource - called Consumer Smart - is designed for children in years seven and eight (intermediate), studying the economic activities strand of the social studies curriculum.

Children learn to:

* Explain what a consumer is, what rights they have, and why these rights need protecting.

* Use processes that consumers have available to protect themselves and assert their rights

* Explain ways groups accept or resolve differences in relation to consumer rights

Consumers' Institute chief executive, David Russell, said, "Prinicpals should receive their copy of Consumer Smart this week. It is a fantastic resource and we know from our trial in six Wellington classrooms that kids find the material really stimulating."


END

For further information contact: David Harmer, Policy Analyst, Consumers' Institute, (04) 801-2078 (day) 025 768-136 (mobile) Consumers' Institute is happy to provide a copy of Consumer Smart in portable document format (pdf). Email harmer@consumer.org.nz <>


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