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Change agents on children’s rights told their stories

Yesterday afternoon some 60 people gathered in the conference room at Palaestra in Lund to participate in the seminar ”Universities' role in sustainable change work” hosted by LUCE, Child Rights Institute at Lund University (CRi@LU) and partners. The event marked the start of a new online global platform aiming to strengthen international collaboration and research focusing on children’s rights and also consolidate knowledge and disseminate the results of the previous International Training Programmes (ITP) on Child Rights, Classroom and School Management.

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Some 60 people gathered for the seminar.

From 2003 until 2016 the SIDA-funded international training programme Child Rights, Classroom and School Management helped train more than 800 change agents in 29 different countries.

Child Rights Institute at Lund University is a research network and also a research cluster here at the Sociology of Law Department. Learn more about Child Rights Institute on our research pages here.

Yesterday’s seminar focused on the story of the successful training programme and representatives from different organisations such as Sida, Barnfonden, SUS, Lund Municipality, Malmö Högskola, and local schools, as well as representatives for national networks from 16 different countries were invited to help tell the story.

The training programme Child Rights, Classroom and School Management has been given 29 times, 29 so-called batches, over the course of the 13 years. Christina Kafulo from Zambia, trained in batch 20 and talked at the seminar about her work with the SUHF* Conference which was held in Arusha 2015, promoting higher education for all. Christina also mentioned how she has continued to be involved in making change.

– And we will not stop there, we will keep looking at how we can continue working, she said.

Martha Amutenya trained in batch 21 in Namibia and talked about the sustainability and expansion of the programme in Namibia, and the training manual that has been developed with nine change agents as country mentors. She also talked about the enthusiam from the people involved.

– Once a change agent, always a change agent, she said.

The change agents, coming from from 16 countries, are professionals within the education sector and work for children’s rights in the following countries; Cambodia, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Viet Nam and Zambia. They are spending the whole week in Lund attending a workshop to share experiences from the training programme and discuss and work on the online platform which will launch in 2018.

Today and tomorrow the workshop continues with the participants making small films to be added to the online platform.

What is your impression of the workshop so far?

Christina Kafulo, Zambia:

– It is all going according to plan. And everyone is very interested and excited to be pioneers. We want to consolidate the training that we have had in child rights, classroom and school managment and to share best practise in our respective countries.


* SUHF is The Association of Swedish Higher Education


Emma Lord