Children’s Rights in Africa course

Course date: 31 July - 4 August 2017

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, will host a one-week intensive short course on Children's Rights in Africa in 31 July - 4 August 2017.

Graduate Centre, University of Pretoria Main Campus

Programme 2016


About the course

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.

To address this knowledge and capacity deficits, relating to children’s rights and wellbeing, the Centre for Human Rights, Save the Children International and its partners are hosting an advanced short course on children’s rights and welfare. The one-week course will be held in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

Participation in the course is opened to interested participants from all over Africa, with priority being given to participants from the SADC region and government officials and judges. Government officials with responsibility for implementing or overseeing the implementation of children’s rights and welfare, judges, civil society organisations and academics are particularly encouraged to apply.

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.

A limited number of scholarships are available for this course.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 14 July 2017.


The course fee is ZAR 3 000.00 (US $ 450). This fee covers tuition, course materials, teas and lunch for the duration of the course. The fee excludes transport and accommodation costs.


A limited number of scholarships are available. Applicants must indicate on the online application form whether they wish to apply for a scholarship and provide sufficient motivation substantiating
why they require financial assistance.

Applicants should also indicate whether they would still like to be considered for admittance in the event that they are not granted a scholarship.

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