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Education (formal and informal) plays a significant role in every child and youth’s development.  Access to quality and accessible education is a fundamental right (UNCRC Articles 28 & 29) for everyone. As parents/caregivers, family members, teachers, counsellors, principals, support workers and education policy decision makers, we all have the opportunity to use child rights as a tool in education to support positive growth by encouraging respectful practices that build self-esteem, encourage child and youth engagement, and develop healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Why include child rights in your classroom?

"When children know their rights it empowers them to make a difference in their community. They become leaders. They end up becoming more responsible for their actions for leadership, friendship, and in relationships. They're not so much me-centered. It all comes from kids knowing they have rights."
Denise Gibson Grade 5 teacher, Cape Horn School

"We know how to respect each other…we actually know why and how we are respecting that person, we are listening to what they are telling us, we are being kind to everyone. It's pretty awesome."
Allie, Grade 5 student Cape Horn

"You definitely know when you walk through the halls [of Cape Horn Elementary] the values of the school and how the UNCRC is integrated into everything. Rights and responsibilities are touching each part of the curriculum and the learning process."
Miriam Miller, consultant ConnectEd: Global Learning Solutions

(quotes courtesy of UNICEF Canada's Global Classroom site)


Does a ‘one size fits all’ education system meet the needs of our children and youth today?

Why is child rights not taught in all schools?

Is there a fear of child rights interfering with classroom management?

5 things you can do for education professionals

  1. Learn about child rights and share what you have learned with your students
  2. Work with your students to develop rights respecting practices in the classroom and throughout the school
  3. Offer alternative ways of learning for students
  4. Make sure that all young people are consulted on decisions that affect them
  5. The responsibility in education is a collaborative effort, involve family members, community and peers in supporting children and youth


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