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In Social Studies, ākonga learn about people, places, cultures, histories and the economic world within and beyond New Zealand. Social Studies helps ākonga understand people by exploring different points of view and beliefs. Ākonga are given opportunities to develop communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills. These attributes help ākonga become responsible and informed individuals with the ability to analyse the world that surrounds them. The course for each ākonga is developed in consultation with the kaiako to meet their particular needs and interests.