When asked about human rights, children inevitably say “show, don’t tell” but they are very, very rarely asked . If we were to honestly and openly answer their questions, we would have to acknowledge that a great deal of change is needed to create space for hu- man rights in education . —Katarina Tomaševski (2006, p . 140) We all have stories about what has shaped our engagement with issues of children’s lives and education rights . For Beth, doing research related to impacts of neoliberal policies, and volunteer work in sub-Saharan Africa, par- ticularly with out-of-school children in Kenya, led to work on broader issues of children’s rights . For Laura, a legal scholar and education researcher in Northern Ireland, understanding and advocating for the rights of children in this and other post-conflict settings has been a strong theme in her work . Janette has worked with Palestinian children in the West Bank and Jerusalem on projects related to their understanding of geopolitical issues and a journal project led by youth . Natasha has worked with diverse communities in Canada and focused on chil- dren’s rights in Venezuela and Colombia; most recently, she has done research with young leaders of the Québec protests of the rapidly rising costs of education . Together, as colleagues and collaborators, we share a passion for social justice as it applies to children’s rights and, as editors of this volume, to children’s education rights . SwadenerEtal.indd 1 06/08/13 8:05 AM 2 | Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, & Janette Habashi...
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