Unit 2 Quality of Life through Human Rights Education: The Pedagogical Rationale of the Rights-Based Perspective

This unit aims to provide the reader with the knowledge and skills to understand the link among the four basic principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and children’s well-being.  The unit enables teacher trainers to develop their skills on designing lesson plans for human rights education.  Additionally, it provides opportunities for reflection on how violations of children’s rights can be tackled to enhance children’s quality of life.  


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how specific practices can violate the Principle of Non-Discrimination.
  • Explain the environmental, educational, social and cultural factors that may restrain children’s participation in leisure, cultural, artistic and play activities.
  • Evaluate opportunities for children’s participation within the school community.
  • Explain the impact of poverty on children’s development and quality of life.
  • Explore ways of addressing poverty by examining the roots of the problem, as a means of ensuring development for all children.
  • Identify aspects that should be taken into consideration in securing the principle of the Best Interest of the child.