Getting it right – towards a rights based approach to education

Children are┬ácitizens, with specific characteristics and a potential to contribute to the collective like any other social group. This is not the credo of an obscure child-power movement, but international law of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which has been ratified by all UN member states but USA and Somalia. I learned this in my Development Education Master at the IOE/University of London, where I’m following Hugh Starkey’s module on citizenship, children’s rights and identities in this autumn term (see short youtube clip above).

If applied consequently, the effects of the Child Rights Convention on education would be massive: Schooling would need to put the child’s rights at the very centre of learning, and not presumed needs, which are often the needs of the institution or the economy. The essay below examines how the right to education, rights in education and rights through education can be applied in schools. The article concludes:

A qualitative shift towards a truly human rights based education has to be based on a broad public debate. This would include a shift in the collective mindset of seeing schools mainly as training camps for labour markets and social requirements towards a concept of social orchards stimulating the flourishing of varieties of humans which all play crucial roles in the social system. Schools can stimulate this process, but all of us have to embrace it in order to become meaningful.

Enjoy the reading!

Getting it right: Towards a rights based approach to education, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

3 thoughts on “Getting it right – towards a rights based approach to education

  1. Great blog! Well done – and hope the studies went well. Thanks very much for your generous sharing of ideas, essays et al – appreciated! One small point – pls consider either inserting your details as a footer on each page of the essay pdfs, giving your preferred t citation for each piece of work? There’s no real way of acknowledging your work and citing it back to you, otherwise.. Cheers from Oz.

    • Hi Elaine! Thanks for your acknowledgement. Studies are still ongoing and somehow on hold at the moment – as it this blog unfortunately – as I have been very busy lately with http://www.deeep.org
      Not fully clear about your point though: Information on the cover page of each pdf is not enough?
      Thanks for clarification – Tobias

  2. Pingback: From instruction to emancipation: Power and child rights in schooling | Global what?

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