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    Realising Children's Rights in Schools: Challenges and Opportunities

    Jeffers, Gerry (2013) Realising Children's Rights in Schools: Challenges and Opportunities. Education and Training Boards Ireland News (etbi), Summer.

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    Much has changed in Ireland and internationally since John Marcus O’Sullivan was framing the 1930 Vocational Education Act. In particular, thinking about children, their needs and rights, has progressed significantly. This is especially evident in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (1989). The ramifications of ratifying the Convention are far reaching. This paper links the UNCRC with schooling, proposing that the Convention is a useful lens through which to re-imagine schools. The UNCRC is also put forward as an ethical framework for engaging with a growing intercultural and multidenominational society. Secondly, some of the issues associated with terms like ‘multi-denominational’ and ‘interdenominational’ are explored. Finally, the concept of ‘curricular justice’ is proposed as arising from the UNCRC. Curricular justice, when linked to school size, is seen as presenting uncomfortable challenges.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Children's Rights; Schools; Challenges; Opportunities;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 4458
    Depositing User: Dr. Gerry Jeffers
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2013 09:23
    Journal or Publication Title: Education and Training Boards Ireland News (etbi)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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