The Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education for Youth Engagement in the Community

In: The International Journal of Children's Rights
Natasha Blanchet-Cohen Associate Professor, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Co-titulaire de la Chaire-réseau jeunesse, Montreal, Canada, Corresponding author

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Geneviève Grégoire-Labrecque PhD candidate, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada,

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This article examines the potential of human rights education (hre) for youth engagement in promoting human rights and children’s rights for diversity and inclusion. The retrospective study of Speaking Rights, a programme implemented by a community-based organisation for over a decade across Canada, presents the outreach, outcome and approach of youth-led community action projects (cap s). The accessible, practical, relational and reflective approach was generative. The iterative and multi-pronged work provided opportunities for broad outreach and awareness amongst a range of youth-serving organisations. We discuss the transformative prospects of the cap s as illustrative of a broadening of children’s rights and a renewal of hre, along with the limitations of bringing the emancipatory nature of hre to scale, and the need to allow for a critical stance throughout the hre process that includes supporting disruptive spaces to meaningfully tackle injustices.

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