Why Children’s Rights in Schools?

Not only do rights respecting educational practices promote ministry mandated initiatives which support safe, inclusive, and respectful environments, but they also support educators to lead the way in ensuring that Canada’s youth become citizens who understand, abide by and promote the protection of human rights and civic responsibilities in their communities and around the world.

Achieving this vision starts with increasing the awareness amongst children and youth of their rights and responsibilities in the classroom. Students, teachers and schools share a unique opportunity to put into practice a vision for inclusive and accountable classrooms for all children and youth. Teachers can provide children with opportunities to witness and experience their rights and responsibilities, and create opportunities for students to develop and expand their capacity to respect human rights and act upon their responsibilities.