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Childrenʼs Rights and Education

International Perspectives

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Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen

This book compares ways in which children’s rights in, to, and through education, formal and informal, are viewed and implemented in a variety of social and political contexts, aiming to shed light on how policies and practices can improve equal access to high quality education in an environment which is respectful of children’s rights. Chapters focus on understanding the opportunities for and challenges of addressing children’s rights to participation and to inclusion. Authors draw from a variety of disciplines, including critical and cultural studies of childhood, and bring internationally comparative policy perspectives to share nuanced and contrasting examples of ways in which a rights-based approach to education might empower children and youth. The book deepens and complicates research on children’s education rights, and will contribute to courses in comparative education, childhood studies, education policy, and children’s rights.
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4 What’s Right in Children’s Rights? The Subtext of Dependency

Education of Roma Children Through the Dependency Lens

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CHAPTER FOUR

What’s Right in Children’s Rights?

The Subtext of Dependency

Panagiota Karagianni, Soula Mitakidou, & Evangelia Tressou

The notion of dependency and its impact on the continuing exclusion of Roma from the Greek public and social domains is the focus of this chapter. The ideology of dependency affects institutional policies, including educational programs, and thus affects the autonomy implied in the broader agenda of children’s right to education. Drawing from our work in a program for the education of Roma in northern Greece,1 we unpack the issue of dependency as it is constructed in public imagery for Roma children and their families. A critical analysis of the welfare dependency pathology that informs public discourse and policy will reveal its harmful impact on the process of children’s inclusion in the educational system, a right that has been traditionally undermined and violated so far.

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