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Successful continuation of project to promote children’s rights

For 15 years, Lund University has taught around 800 teaching staff from 25 different countries about children’s rights. They have now taken the next step:
“We’ve managed to achieve the hardest part, making the project self-sustaining. The people we trained are well prepared and we have supported them by creating a platform to enable them to continue the work on their own”, says sociologist of law Per Wickenberg who has been involved from the start.

Deana and Emma
Deana

Deana Nannskog and Emma Alfredsson.

The teaching staff, school principals and teacher training instructors who, over the years, have come to Lund have received training in how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can be applied in daily work and at policy level. Since then, the participants have formed 16 national networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The knowledge, in turn, has reached at least 100 000 children, as well as many key people at education ministries and universities, according to Per Wickenberg who helped found the interdisciplinary Child Rights Institute at Lund University.

“Training in the Children’s Rights Convention has led to the children becoming more seen and receiving better conditions, so that they grow up to become citizens who are aware of their democratic rights”, he says.

The difficult thing about the project is to make sure that the lessons learned are not lost once the project ends. And the teaching staff at the Child Rights Institute and SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) – the funder of the project – are well aware of that struggle. Therefore, funds have been set aside to develop a collaborative and educational platform and structures to ensure that their long-term cooperation to disseminate knowledge about the Children’s Rights Convention continues and becomes self-sustaining.

The project of developing the platform is a collaboration between the Child Rights Institute and other national networks. The work has been run by Emma Alfredsson and Deana Nannskog at LUCE (Lund University Commissioned Education) who previously worked as project managers of the training project. Through the online platform they developed, 16 different networks can keep the discussion alive and share training material and the results of their work.

The Child Rights Institute now wants to continue its efforts by increasing knowledge about possible applications of the Children’s Rights Convention. The plan includes developing an open online course, a MOOC.

“We would also like to offer the same training package to all those who encounter children in their professional role”, says Deana Nannskog. “Many assume that the content of the Children’s Rights Convention is disseminated in Sweden, but it’s not. Meanwhile, the convention will become Swedish law in 2020.”

Take a tour of the online platform here: www.globalcrconline.org/

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989 by the UN General Assembly. It aims to promote the financial, political and social rights of the child. Read more about it here:  https://www.unicef.org/crc/

Read an article about how Lund alumni are reforming schools in Malawi: http://www.lum.lu.se/afrika-lundaalumner-reformerar-skolor/

 

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