“…There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”


— Nelson Mandela

In 2019, the Global Campus and the Right Livelihood Foundation (RLF) entered into a long-term cooperation with the main purpose of enhancing children’s rights worldwide. The cooperation aims to realise this by strengthening the participation of children in all matters affecting their lives in the present and in the future. The Global Campus has therefore committed to strengthening its education, research, training, network-building and advocacy for the rights of children, as stipulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other similar instruments.

In the words of the RLF Executive Director Ole von Uexküll, the GC-RLF cooperation is unique because it actively seeks ‘to bring academia and activism closer together’. Every year this unique interrelation between academia and activism is realised in practice via the implementation of projects with real-world impact.

Our activities include for example educational components on children’s rights, multi-year research projects on strategic litigation, follow-up activities to the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, and specialised MOOCs. An additional focus of our activities involves the advancement of child participation within a higher educational context. Our projects are also designed to directly support the work of young activists working in movements as they promote human rights and democracy around the world. This includes our active engagement in addressing major crises that severely affect children’s rights (e.g. health, climate, migration).