What we do

The Rights of Children (RoC) programme works to ensure that the fundamental rights of girls, boys and young people – as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – are secured, protected and celebrated.

We do so by highlighting some of the best policy solutions from around the world that are already effectively securing children’s rights. We then promote the spread of these exemplary laws and policies by enabling the exchange of experience between the key players in different countries and regions and offering practical tools for action.

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World Future Council releases new handbook: exemplary education practices show how children and youth ...

The World Future Council (WFC) has just released a pioneering new policy handbook, compiling the most exemplary policies and practices to advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). After working with 16 Environment and Education Ministries, the Rights of Children and Youth Commission of the WFC has gathered together evidence that shows ESD can play a central role in empowering learners of all ages to positively respond to the pressing global challenges facing us, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality.
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World Future Council releases new handbook: exemplary education practices show how children and youth ...

The World Future Council (WFC) has just released a pioneering new policy handbook, compiling the most exemplary policies and practices to advance Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). After working with 16 Environment and Education Ministries, the Rights of Children and Youth Commission of the WFC has gathered together evidence that shows ESD can play a central role in empowering learners of all ages to positively respond to the pressing global challenges facing us, such as climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality.

MOST RECENT

Publication

Policy Handbook: Advancing Education for Sustainable Development

This handbook explores some of the central success factors in policy, process and practice in some of the pioneering countries and contexts where Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is being effectively embraced.

Child Protection
Education for Sustainable Development
Driving Environmental Education

Studying the environment, particularly through practical outdoor learning, has been shown by numerous scientific research studies to positively impact children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health. Alongside the benefit of fostering an environmental stewardship ethic in students, environmental education has shown to reduce stress, enhance creativity, improve social relations and even to increase children’s test scores.

In 2011, Maryland became the first US state to require students to be environmentally literate as a high school graduation requirement. Results from this pioneering regulation point to positive school-wide changes in knowledge, behaviour and action and broad improvements in student’s learning outcomes. We actively work to spread this best practice to other countries and regions.

Our new handbook explores some of the central success factors in policy, process and practice in some of the pioneering countries and contexts where ESD is being effectively embraced. It examines some of the major trends, case studies and challenges in introducing this more holistic, progressive, hands-on education.

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We work to spread the best environmental education laws to help create a new generation of environmental stewards.

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Learning in nature has been shown to reduces stress, enhance creativity, and improve children’s test scores.

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Promoting the right to a healthy environment contributes both to children’s fundamental rights and the transition to sustainable societies.

Child and Youth Participation

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We bring together national and regional legislators with leading experts on child rights policy.

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We promote policies that encourage meaningful participation to ensure every child has the right to be heard.

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We support juvenile justice so that girls, boys and young people that need help get access to rehabilitation rather than punishment.

Listening to Children's Voices

Child participation is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Article 12 asserts that children and young people have the right to freely express their views and that there is an obligation to listen to children’s views and to facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them within the family, schools, local communities, public services, government policy, and judicial procedures.

Zanzibar’s Children’s Act is a pioneering comprehensive child rights law which lays the foundation for a coordinated child-protection system to protect and promote the rights of children. The Act serves as a promising model both for its drafting process – which involved an innovative community-level child participation process – and the provisions of the law which have led to a marked societal change in attitudes towards children and their rights. We work to transfer lessons from Zanzibar to other African countries in the region.

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