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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Child as Human Rights Defender: Implications for Peace Education

Dr. Sonja Grover.

This paper examines the child as human rights defender and discusses the need to incorporate such a notion into peace education curricula for the elementary and middle school. The historical roots of the peace education initiative are examined along with key changes in the conception of the nature of the child over the last 50 years. It is suggested that peace education must be expanded at the elementary and middle school levels to include more than issues of conflict resolution. The peaceful struggle for human rights and the child as human rights defender must also be acknowledged. Historical and contemporary examples of children as peaceful human rights defenders are discussed.


Dr. Sonja Grover  (Canada)
Associate professor
Faculty of Education
lakehead University

Dr. Grover is an Associate Professor in Education whose area is children's rights. She has published widely in children's rights in peer refereed international journals and is currently writing a book in the area for University of British Columbia Press.

  • Peace education
  • Human rights defenders
  • Children's rights
  • Peace education curriculum

(Virtual Presentation, English)