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 the Children International, the Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape and the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria.
The course brought together over 50 child rights researchers, practitioners and policy makers across Africa. The Course was facilitated by renowned African child rights experts including
- Prof Benyam Mezmur, Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) and Vice Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child;
- Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Chairperson of Children’s Rights in the Developing World, University of Leiden and Vice Chairperson of ACERWC;
- Prof Ann Skelton, UNESCO Right to Education Chair and Director Centre for Child Law,
- Prof Michelo Hansungule, Centre for Human Rights and
- Prof Frans Viljoen, Director Centre for Human Rights.
The aim of the course includes examining legal and policy frameworks governing children’s rights in Africa, specific challenges facing children in Africa and explores solutions to some of these challenges.
Participants attending this year’s course have confirmed that the programme offers an ideal opportunity not only for advanced training in children’s rights, but a rare opportunity for networking with experts in the field.