Special Issue "Childhood and Rights in a Global World"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2024 | Viewed by 267

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ana Castro Zubizarreta
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Guest Editor
Department of Education, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain
Interests: childhood; rights; global citizenship education; policies for the protection, provision and participation of children in educational contexts
Department of General Didactics, Theory of Education and Technological Innovation, Catholic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Interests: childhood; rights; education for global citizenship; policies for the protection; provision and participation of children in educational contexts; teacher training and teaching competencies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we face urgent global challenges (climate and health crises, poverty, exclusion, armed conflicts, etc.) that affect all citizens, and children in particular. From this perspective, children are often perceived as the future; however, adults tend to silence them, make them invisible and undervalue them.

More than thirty years after the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it has become necessary to equip children with rights and capacities in order to defend them as citizens.

Having rights and being able to exercise them do not always go hand in hand, and in this sense, the right to high-quality education that promotes listening, participation, spaces for equal access and opportunities continues to be an inalienable challenge at a global level. To this end, the protection, participation and provision of services for children should be essential, as the progress of nations and human civilization lie with children.

The aim of this Special Issue is to create a space to share knowledge, research and educational experiences that promote children's rights. This research that promotes children having participatory experiences that facilitate ethical, responsible, respectful and committed citizenship.

This Special Issue welcomes original research articles, systematic literature reviews and educational papers with interesting and inspiring contributions. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Children's rights;

- High-quality education;

- Education for global citizenship;

- Recognition of children as citizens;

- Policies for the protection, provision, care and participation of children;

- Educational innovation and improvement through child participation;

- Educational research techniques to involve children. Children as co-researchers.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Ana Castro Zubizarreta
Prof. Dr. Roberto Sanz Ponce
Guest Editors

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  • childhood
  • children's rights
  • educational innovation
  • participation
  • global citizenship

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