New resources to raise awareness of organ donation in schools
All students who apply for their driver’s licence are required to answer “yes” or “no” as to whether they are willing to donate their organs in the event of their death – a subject that can touch the lives of anybody at any time without warning.
It is important for students to have the opportunity to discuss, research, and make up their own minds about this topic. For this reason Organ Donation New Zealand (ODNZ) commissioned Learning Media to produce a new resource introducing organ donation as a topic for study in New Zealand high schools.
This new resource is available for free on this site and consists of units of work to support students and teachers to meet the demands of the New Zealand Curriculum. The resources are designed to give Year 9 and 10 and NCEA Level 1 and 3 (Years 11 and 13) students background information about organ donation.
The units raise the students’ awareness of the issue of organ donation and encourage them to discuss their thoughts and wishes with friends and whānau. The resource gives guidance on how to approach and discuss such sensitive issues with others and provides students with a much better understanding of organ donation to help them decide what they would like.
Dr Stephen Streat, Clinical Director of ODNZ, says a huge amount of time and effort has been put into developing these resources as it is essential that students understand the sensitivity of the topic. “It is important that when students are faced with the organ donation question on their drivers licence they are able to decide what they want for themselves and discuss it with their family.
“There are many myths and misconceptions about organ donation and it is our intention to dispel these and ensure students have a well-rounded understanding of the topic.”
Throughout the creation and design process, Learning Media consulted with teachers and incorporated their feedback into the resources ensuring that they are user-friendly and meet the needs of the curriculum.
Feedback about the final product was extremely positive. “This is a great unit - resources are fantastic, templates are easy to photocopy and use and the material has been dealt with in a sensitive manner. A teacher would be able to pick it up and run with it straight away which is a bonus. Great work. Well done,” said teacher Jeneen Harrison.
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