ERIC Number: ED449890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A School for Children with Rights: The Significance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child for Modern Education Policy. Innocenti Lectures: 1997 Lecture.
Noting that in both developing and developed nations schools may be found that do not reflect the vision of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child, this report examines the articles of the Convention dealing with education and discusses their implications for the development of educational policy. The report describes articles in the Convention dealing specifically with education: (1) Article 28 defines education as a right and recommends steps for this right to be achieved progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity; and (2) Article 29 addresses the purpose of school education. Articles delineating general principles of the Convention are also described, relating to nondiscrimination; best interests of the child; rights to life, survival, and development; and view of the child. The report maintains that the general principles outline a direction for progressive educational reform and analyzes eight areas of potential reform: (1) universal access to basic education; (2) equal opportunities; (3) the appropriate content of education; (4) cultural roots and global values; (5) new methods of learning; (6) mutual respect; (7) pupil participation; and (8) the role of teachers, parents, and the community. The report further examines differences in implementation of educational changes in developing nations, discusses the problems of inadequate resources, and notes that development has to start from the local community. The report concludes by asserting that although the global long-term trend is to give education more priority, it is not certain that the movement will be toward schooling in the spirit of the Convention. However, the Convention has the potential to make a unique contribution in every country. (Contains 19 reference notes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Welfare, Children, Childrens Rights, Community Role, Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Role, Public Policy, Student Role, Teacher Role
UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Piazza SS. Annunziata 12, 50122 Florence, Italy; Tel: 39-055-20-330; Fax: 39-055-244-817; Web site: http://www.unicef-icdi.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, Florence (Italy). International Child Development Centre.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child