What Are Children’s Rights?
Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, & Janette Habashi
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 human 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, particularly 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 children’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. ← 1...
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