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Special Issue "Children’s Rights from a Sustainability Perspective: The UNCRC in Dialogue with Agenda 2030"
A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 12349
Special Issue Editors
Interests: child rights; equity policy and practice; social sustainability; social and cultural justice; intertextual policy analysis
Interests: child rights; wellbeing; education; voice; inclusion; participation; qualitative child-centred participatory research methodologies
Special Issue Information
In times of uncertainty and unpredictability, with war conflicts, climate catastrophes, austerity, and antimigration policies, there is a need to focus on how children are affected, and the extent to which sustainability policies and practices pay attention to the best interests of the child.
Tensions between localised agendas and global imperatives lead to much variability in the way sustainability issues impacting children’s lives are put into focus. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (also referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) “provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future” (United Nations, 2015). While the connection between children’s human rights and the aims of Agenda 2030 have already been clearly mapped and established (see UNICEF 2016), their realisation in research and practice remains underdeveloped.
At the same time, developing sustainability is related to competence in embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at all levels. ESD needs to be understood in its broadest sense as including “… improving quality basic education, reorienting education to address sustainability, improving public awareness, and providing training to many sectors of society” (UNESCO 2005:11). In this way, the importance of education is further emphasised beyond a goal in itself and, like rights, education is integral to SDG realisation.
This Special Issue seeks contributions that engage with, explore, and critically reflect upon the theoretical, practical, methodological, ethical, and/or philosophical tensions associated with children’s rights and sustainability. Specifically, the issue seeks to engage with how wider societal issues and pressures impact children and what the ways forward are in education and as a research community to ensure children’s best inputs and interests are at the centre in all matters affecting children. We especially welcome papers that engage with the complexities, possibilities, and challenges relating to children’s rights in dialogue with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Possible foci may include (but are not limited to):
- Tensions between Agenda 2030 goals and positioning of children;
- Children’s lived experiences of local and global issues relevant to sustainability;
- Provision of rights compatible sustainability education by teachers and in schools;
- Impacts and role of student driven initiatives (e.g., Strike for Climate);
- The ‘glocalisation’ of rights education under a sustainability mandate.
Prof. Dr. Guadalupe Francia
Dr. Jenna Gillett-Swan
Manuscript Submission Information
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- child rights