Impact of Rights Respecting Education

When the principles and values of the Convention on the Rights of the Child are consistently applied across school culture and learning, children and the wider school community, benefit.

Research conducted in schools that have incorporated a rights respecting framework show consistent results:

  • Improved self-esteem and well-being
  • Enhanced moral understanding
  • Improved relationships and behaviour (reductions in bullying and disruptive behaviours)
  • Increased student participation in decision-making
  • Improved conflict-resolution skills
  • Increased support for global justice


Literature ReviewChildren’s Rights Education in Canada : A Particular Look at the Québec School System
Université du Québec à Montréal, Maryse Potvin and Josie-Anne Benny

This literature review, published in 2013, examines the different approaches (theoretical and pedagogic) which, directly or indirectly, shape children’s rights education as well as school materials and activities, including numerous NGO programmes. The review takes a particular look at the Québec school system.

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RRSA Evaluation ReportRights Respecting Schools Award: Final Evaluation
University of Brighton and University of Sussex, Prof. Judy Sebba and Dr. Carol Robinson

This three-year qualitative research study, published November 2010, examined the impact of UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award. Researchers from the Universities of Brighton and Sussex found that teaching children about their rights reduces bullying and improves teacher-student relationships, among other findings.

Download the executive summary
Download the full report

Visit UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award Web site


Rights Respect ResponsibilityRights, Respect and Responsibility: The Final Report on the County of Hampshire Rights Education Initiative Cape Breton University – Children’s Rights Centre (CRC), Katherine Covell and Brian Howe

This report summarizes the results discovered after three years of surveys and interviews in the County of Hampshire, England, about the Hampshire Education Authority’s Rights, Respect and Responsibility (RRR) initiative.

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Visit Cape Breton University’s children’s rights Web site