Between 2015-2019 more than 22,000 children and young people but also teachers and academics were injured, killed or harmed. Afghanistan, Colombia, Cameroon, DRC, Myanmar, Palestine, Syria, The Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen… around the whole world, schools and universities continue to being occupied, bombed and destroyed; school boys and girls are being abducted or recruited at school or on the way to/from school; in other cases attackers threaten them with the use of force, including sexual violence. In addition to any physical damage, which is already appalling, the moral and psycho-social damage to the life of these children should be a major concern. Yet, education under attack in armed conflicts is still a daily reality for too many of them.
Wars, armed conflicts, and displacement are not only attacks to spaces, places and people, but also violations of a fundamental human right recognised in numerous international, regional and national instruments. Education is a right in itself and a multiplier of other rights. Legal frameworks, measures and tools already exist that provide a variety of solutions. Alas, proper knowledge of such instruments and possible avenues for action is still limited.
This MOOC will fill this knowledge gap and will mobilise more people and resources in the defence of such a fundamental right when and where it is most needed. Thanks to the regional reach of the Global Campus of Human Rights, case studies and examples from the field will be used to illustrate situations, violations and existing good practices. Academics and experts will contribute analytical and practical inputs, while testimonies from affected children, young students and teachers/educators will contextualise impact and hopefully inspire change.
This MOOC is offered within the framework of the collaboration between the Global Campus and Right Livelihood.
The MOOC runs over 5 weeks and is organised in 3 modules:
Module 1 – Education as a right for children
Education as an enabling right and a multiplier
Education in situations of armed conflict
Module 2 – Protecting the right to education of children in armed conflict
Facing violations during armed conflict
Minimising risks and maximising protection
Module 3 – The way forward
Possible solutions to protect the right to education during armed conflict
At the end of the course, participants will have gained
Key information about definitions, components and core content of the right to education
Increased awareness about the connections between the right to education and armed conflict
Robust knowledge on legal standards, monitoring mechanisms and promising practices related to the right to education in the framework of armed conflict
Clearer understanding – through reference to case studies and implementation on the ground – of the need to adopt a rights-based approach to children’s education in the context of armed conflict.
Ultimately, the course is a pathway to:
Reinforce awareness and amplify dialogue on the importance of talking and acting on children’s education as a matter of rights
Empower participants through education on how to defend the right to education even – and above all - during armed conflict
Envisage a roadmap for change, including on how to develop inter-sectoral collaboration, policy plans, monitoring processes and advocacy strategies.
The course encompasses 5 weeks with approximately 25-30 hours of active learning. It will include video lectures, readings, peer-to-peer learning through discussions and webinars as well as knowledge checks with polls and quizzes, all aimed at developing and reinforcing personal critical reflection. Case studies will focus on examples and current debates from different regions and countries in the world.
Free certificate of participation
At the end of the course, participants who have completed all discussions, polls and quizzes will receive a free certificate confirming their participation.
This MOOC is designed for education professionals, policy-makers, staff of humanitarian and human rights organisations, children’s rights defenders and other members of civil society who currently work, advocate and care for the promotion and protection of children’s right to education, especially in armed conflict.