Child Rights Awareness

What are some of your rights? How would you respond if these were violated?

This week our School Transformation Program team of education specialists held a workshop to define child rights and discuss its implementation in schools. We frequently step into classrooms to assist in optimizing teaching methods and learning outcomes. Our discussion therefore centered around what we as educators can do to ensure that the rights of children are both understood and protected.

Guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the workshop allowed our education specialists to break down the 54 comprehensive articles of protection that children are entitled to and subsequently discuss its implementation in India – a country with a unique and often complicated education landscape.

In many instances (more than we can stomach) we witness child rights being violated. In the education space, sensitizing school leaders and teachers to child rights – and specifically the steps to take when they are violated – is an important component of being an educator. We periodically work with educators to identify child rights violations that we commonly come across – corporal punishment, young students engaged in employment, community-based discrimination and sexual offences committed against children (both touching and non-touching abuses).

In cases where such incidents arise in schools, it is important for educators to lay out a framework to report and reverse such violations, and make this accessible to both teachers and students. In our back-and-forth discussion, the workshop served as a brainstorming platform where we established the importance of establishing an easy-to-access system for all children, parents and educators to discuss prevalent child rights violations and collectively come up with ways to prevent its occurrences. As with any effort toward correcting rights-abuses, raising awareness is the first step.

Varthana’s School Transformation Program works with schools to improve learning outcomes through teacher-training, student assessments and partnerships with education solution providers.  


Child Rights Resources

To get familiar with national and international laws that safeguard the rights of children, click the titles below:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act

NCPCR Guidelines for Eliminating Corporal Punishment in Schools