Children's Rights Education
In an increasingly globalized and interdependent world, it is important to ensure that the next generation is well versed in critical topics such as sustainable development, human rights and dignity, social justice, and peace. Education offers a viable platform for intentional engagement in an effort to promote sensitive communication and collaboration to secure a more politically stable world that offers opportunities for the optimal development of each child and their contribution to the positive shaping of their world.
A paradigm-shifting proposal to reform the current education system is offered to establish a global foundation of freedom, justice, and peace as proclaimed by the United Nations Charter in 1945. This is accomplished through the alignment of education with the principles of universality, indivisibility, and interdependence enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. By doing this, the purpose of education is then determined to enable the full development of critically literate rights bearing citizens who, together, are empowered to uphold human rights and question the root causes of social injustice. This can only be accomplished when education systems are reformed to acknowledge and act upon the Convention’s ‘best interest’ principle, which recognizes the inherent worth of each child.
The transition from the current linear, ends-driven system of education that is seeped in the economic and political agenda of a capitalistic society to a rights respecting democratic system is not simple or instantaneous. It entails a humongous effort of international, national, regional, and local stakeholders to consort with communities all around the world. Together, they need to review, adapt, and align current educational policies, curriculum, and pedagogy with the Convention’s principles and provisions, and commit to an incremental fulfilment of its legal and moral obligations for every child within their jurisdiction. In doing so, children can then be empowered with knowledge of their rights, the values that underpin these rights, and the behaviours required for their protection. It necessitates that adults trust children to shape a future that recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all member of the human family. It further requires adults listen attentively to, and act upon the voices of children, and equip them with the tools they need to construct and establish lasting world peace. See more