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ahrc childrens rights 2021 web

The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Centre for Child Law (CCL), University of Pretoria and Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape will host a one-week intensive short course on Children's Rights in Africa from 21 to 25 June 2021.

Course date: 21 - 25 June 2021 
Venue: Zoom (Online)

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Important: COVID-19 information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions, all courses will be conducted in a virtual format. Participants are therefore required to have access to a stable internet connection. The Centre for Human Rights will however review the situation from time to time and will advise applicants on the resumption of contact sessions.

About the course

The course is an initiative intended to build the technical capacity of diverse professionals working for and with children across the African continent. During the course, participants are equipped with the necessary knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to meaningfully contribute to the realisation of children’s rights in Africa.

Despite African governments’ commitment to the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of children under their respective jurisdictions, a majority of children in Africa are still left behind with regards to the realisation of their basic human rights and access to basic services such  as adequate nutrition, adequate housing, quality education, and healthcare. One of the reasons identified as being responsible for this dire situation is the lack, among key stakeholders, of adequate knowledge of the relevant standards pertaining to the rights of children, as well as the processes and procedures through which the standards can be enforced. This gap leads to ineffective implementation of existing legal and policy frameworks at domestic level, with severe repercussions on the quality of life lived by large numbers of children on the continent.

It is against this background that the initiative of holding this course yearly came about.

Course objectives

The primary goal of the course is to provide participants with theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of children’s rights, and to equip them with skills for promoting and monitoring the implementation of the rights and welfare of children. The course shines a spotlight on the African context, and contextualises the universal children’s rights discourse to the region.

The course has also proved to be an excellent platform for networking and collaboration towards the advancement of children’s rights in Africa.

Topics may include:

  • The history of children’s rights
  • Concepts and philosophies underlying children’s rights
  • Normative frameworks and standards on children’s rights
  • Implementation of children’s rights
  • Enforcement of children’s rights
  • Contemporary and emerging issues in children’s rights
  • Intersectionality in children’s rights
  • Advocacy and children’s rights

The course is open to individuals whose work affects, directly or indirectly, the lives of children. Participants may therefore include government officials, representatives of civil society, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary, national human rights institutions, social workers, or academics with an interest in children’s rights.

A maximum of 35 participants are admitted to the course per year.

The course is facilitated by renowned experts in the field of children’s rights in Africa, including academics, researchers, advocates and other professionals working with and for children in Africa, and beyond.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and global lockdowns, the course will be offered online on Zoom.

Participation in the course is therefore FREE of charge.


Since the course is FREE, scholarships are no longer applicable.

Application procedure

Important Notice:

A high proficiency in English is required to attend this course. All lectures and materials are in English. Prior to applying for this course, please read through the information on the practical information and the payment details pages.

Documents to be submitted:

  • Curriculum Vitae (short CV in PDF or Word document, maximum 3 pages, maximum 10 MB in file size)
  • One Letter of Recommendation (PDF or Word document, maximum of 10 MB in file size)
  • Academic Records (students only) (combined in one PDF or Word document, maximum 10 MB in file size)

*Please note that in order to apply for any of the Advanced Human Rights Courses, you are required to use a Google Gmail account.

Application deadline

Applications for this course closed on 7 June 2021.

Overview of previous courses

  • 2021


    The annual Advanced Human Rights Course on Children’s Rights in Africa is currently underway. The course is hosted as a continuing collaborative effort between the Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria and
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  • 2019


    The Advanced Human Rights Course on Children’s Rights in Africa, hosted by the Centre for Human Rights in collaboration with the Centre for Child Law, and the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), was held from
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  • 2017


    The Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, is currently hosting its third Advanced Human Rights Short Course on Children’s Rights in Africa. It started on Monday 31 July 2017 and runs to Friday 4 August 2017.
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  • 2014


    An advanced short course on Children's Rights in Africa is currently underway at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. This course, which runs from 21 to 25 July, is being presented by the Centre for Human Rights, Save
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For more information, please contact:

Dennis Antwi
Project Manager: Advanced Human Rights Courses (AHRC)

Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 4197
Fax: +27 (0) 86 580 5743


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