Thursday, 26 November 2015

Teaching and Learning about Child Rights: A study of implementation in 26 countries


 
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We continue the blog entries with materials connected with ENGAGE children participation.



The following is the first of three relevant materials from Unicef.

Teaching and Learning about Child Rights: A study of implementation in 26 countries is a research about the situation and good practices on promotion of children rights and children rights education from 2015.


UNICEF distributed this research to contribute to the global debate on child rights education. This study explores child rights education in early childhood education, primary and secondary schools in 26 countries with a UNICEF National Committee presence. It includes a literature review, results from an on-line survey completed by national experts, seven country case studies and a series of benchmarking statements to guide implementation of child rights education.

The online survey explores child rights education in the curriculum, teacher education and teacher qualifications, the existence of student councils, and monitoring mechanisms regarding the quality of child rights education. The benchmarking statements are divided into seven areas: official curriculum, teacher education, resources, pedagogy, policy alignment across the education system, participation as a right, and monitoring and accountability.

For more information and link to the pdf version of the document, follow this link:

http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_30184.html

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Putting Children at the Centre: A practical guide to Children's Participation


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 We continue the blog entries with materials connected with ENGAGE on the topic of children participation.



 Putting Children at the Centre: A practical guide to Children's Participation is a practical guide made in 2010 by the international organization Save the Children.

 This guide is designed for people working with children and provides advice on ways for practitioners to support children's meaningful participation in the different layers of society, including involvement in the governance, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their work.

The guide is divided into two sections:

Part 1 provides an introduction to children’s participation in practice.

Part 2 comprises a set of separate guides focusing on specific themes: governance, advocacy, fundraising, recruitment, media and communications, and emergencies.
in the governance, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their work. - See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation#sthash.h6S5My6m.dpuf
advice on ways for practitioners to support children’s meaningful involvement in the governance, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their work. It is divided into two sections:
Part 1 provides an introduction to children’s participation in practice.
Part 2 comprises a set of separate guides focusing on specific themes: governance, advocacy, fundraising, recruitment, media and communications, and emergencies.
- See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation#sthash.h6S5My6m.dpuf
advice on ways for practitioners to support children’s meaningful involvement in the governance, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their work. It is divided into two sections:
Part 1 provides an introduction to children’s participation in practice.
Part 2 comprises a set of separate guides focusing on specific themes: governance, advocacy, fundraising, recruitment, media and communications, and emergencies.
- See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation#sthash.h6S5My6m.dpuf
advice on ways for practitioners to support children’s meaningful involvement in the governance, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their work. It is divided into two sections:
Part 1 provides an introduction to children’s participation in practice.
Part 2 comprises a set of separate guides focusing on specific themes: governance, advocacy, fundraising, recruitment, media and communications, and emergencies.
- See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation#sthash.h6S5My6m.dpuf

 For more information and the pdf manual here you have the direct link:

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/resources/online-library/putting-children-centre-practical-guide-childrens-participation

Thursday, 12 November 2015

KidsRights Index 2015: Countries worldwide fail to protect children's rights


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 This month of October 2015, KidsRights, the international children’s rights foundation, published the KidsRights Index 2015, which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve children’s rights.

The Index shows that countries worldwide should do more to create an adequate ‘Enabling Environment’ for practically implementing children’s rights.

KidsRights found that all 165 countries analysed in the Index should increase their efforts in allocating the highest available budget to children’s rights, creating a legislative framework that reflects the best interests of the child, as well as in collecting and analysing data on children’s rights.


The Index also shows that there is work to be done to improve children’s participation in society. Marc Dullaert, founder and chairman of the KidsRights Foundation, has long argued for increased involvement of children in policy making: “Children are much more than mere recipients of aid, they have in them the power to bring about change. So their voice should be heard on matters that directly affect them.” Moreover, countries score poorly with respect to non-discrimination, and need to ensure that marginalised groups of children are not discriminated against.







These indicators constitute an important part of the KidsRights Index, because they tell us the extent to which the Committee on the Rights of the Child believes that countries are equipped to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Index shows that all 165 measured countries could do more to create an adequate enabling environment to guarantee children’s rights.
A striking conclusion is that economically better performing countries do not always perform well in honouring children’s rights in practice. New Zealand, Italy and Canada, for example, could improve their legislative infrastructure. They score especially poorly on ensuring that the best interests of the child are manifested in legislation and policies.

Notably, a number of African countries, including Benin, Mauritania and Zambia score remarkably high on providing an enabling environment for child rights. However, these countries still rank relatively low in the overall Index as they fail to meet acceptable standards in other areas, including protection of children’s rights and access to education and health. All countries examined by the Index score particularly poorly on non-discrimination.



 You can find more detailed information in the following website.

http://www.kidsrightsindex.org/OverallIndex.aspx