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The Open University’s children’s rights report shapes book by Amnesty International UK

The Open University’s Children’s Research Centre (OUCRC) has launched a report ‘informed by children’ to mark the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The findings will shape two books by Amnesty International UK (AIUK) to educate and empower children and young people.

Following months of studies with children and young people, aged between four to 18 years old from across nine project settings in England and Wales, the OUCRC’s report, ‘Representing children’s rights from discussion through to illustration and interpretation’ captures children and young people’s views and understandings about their rights. The resulting themes include, expression and difference; friendship; health and hygiene; education and learning; equality, fairness and diversity; and safety and protection.

Prompted by concern that children and adults are largely unaware of children’s human rights, the two picture books; one aimed at younger children and the other at teenagers, will be published in 2021. Illustrated by a selection of international artists, the books will bring together a diverse range of children’s experiences.

Dr Liz Chamberlain, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at the OU and co-Director of the OUCRC, said:

The OUCRC are immensely proud to have worked with AIUK on this research, making visible children and young people’s voices on key issues that affect their 21st century everyday lives. This research has been a unique opportunity to shape a new series of books, which will help us better inform children and young people across the globe to both understand and claim their rights.

Adopted in 1989, the UNCRC was the first comprehensive human rights treaty on children. It established a framework for ensuring the rights and well-being of all children, from civil and political rights, to economic, social and cultural rights.

Newlands Primary School in Southampton have been involved in the OUCRC’s report. Vickie Jones, Global Learning Manager at Newlands talks about the schools involvement in the report and collaboration with AIUK.

Listen to Isaac, one of the children from Newlands, who was involved in the OUCRC’s report:

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Hannah is part of the Media Relations Team at The Open University, working with the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies. With experience both agency and in-house, Hannah has worked on campaigns for a number of large corporate companies and brands, including RBS, NatWest, Travelodge, Audible, AA and the Royal Academy of Dance. She has completed a Masters in Publishing Studies from Oxford Brookes and is currently studying towards a DipHE in Computer, IT and Design. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading and going to the theatre.

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