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A Baseline of Rights for Global Education: Children’s Rights Education Curricula in Education and Early Childhood Undergraduate Degrees in Europe


The study was developed in response to the guidelines provided in the Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)5 from the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights in university education and professional training.


The inclusion of Rights Education in the university education/training of perspective educators in Europe is the focus of this project. The study identifies and maps Children’s Rights Education (CRE as form of Human Right Education) curricula in Education and Early Childhood Education and Care undergraduate programmes in Europe. The main aim of this research is to explore the rational for inclusion of CRE and map its teaching in Education/ECEC programmes in the context of Global Education.


The concept for the study is borrowed from the disciplines of Ecology and Conservation, where assessing the ‘baseline’* is considered the first research step towards conservation and sustainable action. In a similar way, developing a clear baseline for the inclusion and delivery of Human/Children’s Rights Education in university education is a first research step towards the development of sustainable action for Global Education. The research has two methodological components: the mapping of module documents for CRE modules, and the narrative inquiry with academics.


In collaboration with @ChildRightsChat, this project will host a series of podcasts and live twitter chats introducing different perspectives on the role of Children’s/Human Rights Education in the context of Global Education. The podcast and the events will be facilitated by Education students from different universities.


This project is a recipient of the Global Education Award and was produced with the financial support of the European Union and the Ministries and Agencies associated with GENE. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Dr Fran Zanatta and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, of GENE, nor of associated Ministries or Agencies.

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