Topic outline

  • Description of the content and form of the seminar:

    This seminar introduces participants to the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including the difficulties and challenges faced by children in the realization of their condition as active subjects of rights and the possibilities to build more democratic and equity contexts to face inequalities. Specifically, the seminar deals with the following issues: child rights in relation to human rights, needs and well-being; making a difference through a child rights approach; applying child rights: a child rights and equity approach in education.

    The seminar was given live on the 10th of January 2022 at 17.00 – 20.00 CET in a zoom-room



    The purpose of this seminar is to give participants opportunities to develop critical knowledge on the UNCRC and work from theoretical frameworks that challenge hegemonic views and paternalistic approaches to children, childhood and children's rights and competences. The purpose is also to introduce participants to contemporary discussions on children’s agency/vulnerability, influence/decision making and of political participation.


    Learning outcomes:

    After attending the seminar participants can:

    o             identify and promote the image of children and young people as subjects with human rights,

    o             adopt a critical - practical and theoretical - approach to the concepts and principles underlying the UNCRC and other relevant international and national standards, discuss and reflect upon the role that formal and non-formal educational contexts can play in promoting human rights and reversing inequalities.



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    Hanson, K. &Nieuwenhuys, O. (eds) (2013). Reconceptualizing Children’s Rights in International Development: Living Rights, Social Justice, Translations. Cambridge University Press.

    Pechtelidis, Y. &Kioupkiolis, A. (2020). Education as Commons, Children as Commoners. The case study of the Little Tree community. Democracy & Education, 28 (1), Article 5. Available at: