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Empowering Children

Children's Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship

by (author) R. Brian Howe & Katherine Covell

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
May 2005
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802095237
    Publish Date
    Jun 2007
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802038579
    Publish Date
    May 2005
    List Price
    $58.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442692138
    Publish Date
    Jun 2007
    List Price
    $33.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442674387
    Publish Date
    Apr 2005
    List Price
    $63

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Approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that children in all countries have fundamental rights, including rights to education. To date, 192 states are signatories to or have in some form ratified the accord. Children are still imperilled in many countries, however, and are often not made aware of their guaranteed rights.

In Empowering Children, R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell assert that educating children about their basic rights is a necessary means not only of fulfilling a country's legal obligations, but also of advancing education about democratic principles and the practice of citizenship. The authors contend that children's rights education empowers children as persons and as rights-respecting citizens in democratic societies. Such education has a “contagion effect” that brings about a general social knowledge on human rights and social responsibility.

Although there remain obstacles to the implementation of children's rights in many countries, Howe and Covell argue that reforming schools and enhancing teacher education are absolutely essential to the creation of a new culture of respect toward children as citizens. Their thorough and passionate work marks a significant advance in the field.

About the authors

R. Brian Howe is a professor of political science and Katherine Covell is a professor of psychology at Cape Breton University. They are co-directors of the university’s Children’s Rights Centre and the authors of numerous articles on children’s rights and human rights in Canada. Their books include The Challenge of Children’s Rights for Canada (WLUP, 2001) and Empowering Children: Children’s Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship (2005). Katherine Covell is the author of the UN report Violence against Children in North America (2005).

R. Brian Howe's profile page

Katherine Covell holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a professor emerita and former executive director of the Children’s Rights Centre at Cape Breton University. She has acted as a national and international advocate for children, and has published widely on children’s rights and child development, including the UN report Violence against Children in North America (2005).

Katherine Covell's profile page

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