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Advanced Human Rights Course: Children’s Rights in Africa

Course date: 23 - 27 July 2018

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a one-week intensive short course on Children's Rights in Africa in 23 - 27 July  2018.

Apply for this course online 

Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus

About the course

The short course is part of the capacity strengthening initiative of the Children’s Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights. Its aim is to equip professionals in the area of children’s rights with adequate knowledge and skills that will enable them to deliver better on their mandate and contribute to the advancement of children’s rights in Africa.

Children constitute more than half of the population of Africa as a continent. To ensure that these children live, survive and develop to their full potential, African countries have enacted national legislation, and ratified many regional and international human rights instruments to protect and promote the rights and welfare of children. Despite these legal and policy commitments, the plights of children in Africa remain dire. Lack of effective implementation of legal and policy frameworks have been identified as one of the major reasons for the deplorable state of children in Africa. One main contributing factor to the ineffective implementation of legal and policy frameworks dealing with children’s rights and wellbeing is a lack of appropriate knowledge and awareness among relevant policy makers and implementers in Africa.

Topics may include

  • United Nations framework of children’s rights
  • African Union framework of children’s rights
  • Children’s rights in the traditional African setting
  • Child justice
  • Child abduction and adoption
  • The reporting mechanism in realizing children’s rights in Africa
  • Child participation
  • Children without parental care
  • Children with disability
  • Impact of United Nations and African Union treaties in realising children’s rights in Africa

Course objectives

The primary goal of the course is to equip participants with theoretical and practical knowledge in children’s rights and wellbeing, as well as skills for the monitoring and implementation of the rights and welfare of children.


The course is a platform for acquiring skills in the area of children’s rights as well as for networking, and it is open to government officials, members of civil society and non-governmental organisations, academics, representatives of the judiciary, law practitioners.


The course will include experts in the field of children’s rights from across the African continent.


The course fee is ZAR 2500 (US $ 200). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course.
The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.


Applicants are required to apply online for this course.

Deadline for applications: 

  • Local Applicants: 9 July 2018
  • International Applicants:  25 June 2018


A maximum of 45 participants are admitted each year.
No scholarships are available for this year’s short course.


For more information, please contact:

  • Alina Miamingi
    Coordinator: Children’s Rights Unit
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  • Dennis Antwi
    Programme Manager: Advanced Human Rights Courses
    Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
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Partner institution(s)

  • University of the Western Cape
  • Centre for Child law, University of Pretoria
  • Save the Children

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