The Children’s Commissioner for Wales welcomes Welsh Government’s commitment to transforming the education system and to improving the lives of children and young people.
While the current school curriculum includes some elements that reflect human rights values and principles, supporting children to learn about their rights is not mandatory.
The process of curriculum reform presents Wales with a key opportunity to address this gap.
Placing children’s rights at the heart of the curriculum will create a starting point from where all our commitments to children and young people should flow; directly living out human rights values in our relationships with children and young people, in our
practice and pedagogy and in the systems we put in place to support children to be the best they can be.
Therefore, this paper sets out the Commissioner’s positon on why human rights should form the compulsory, underpinning basis of the new Curriculum and:
- Outlines the key benefits to children entailed by the inclusion of due regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the face of the Curriculum and Assessment Bill.
- Provides a definition of human rights education;
- Identifies the benefits of human rights education;
- Maps current integration of children’s rights across the new Curriculum’s 4 Purposes and 6 Areas of Learning and Experience (AoL)