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Weekly Pedagogical Provocations – Series One Philosophy (Part 3)

February 15, 2021

This week as part of our series on Philosophy we look at how we can incorporate children’s rights into our service philosophy and daily practice.

Firstly; what is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

In 1989 something incredible happened. Against the backdrop of a changing world order world leaders came together and made a historic commitment to the world’s children. They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their rights, by adopting an international legal framework – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

-UNICEF

The Convention recognises the special time of childhood and how we must allow children the opportunity to develop, learn, play, grow & thrive. The Convention makes clear that children do not just belong to their parents but must have the opportunity to develop their own thoughts, belief systems & grow to become capable citizens.

What does the Convention look like? How can I access the document?

You can read the full text version on the UNICEF website via this LINK

But we love the Child Friendly Version which can also be accessed via UNICEF at this LINK

We would encourage you to display the Child Friendly Version at your Service to show advocacy for the Convention and to also support children to understand their rights.

What needs to happen to ensure this convention is implemented across the world?

The hope, vision and commitment of world leaders in 1989 led to the Convention. It is up to today’s generation to demand that world leaders from government, business and communities end child rights violations now, once and for all. They must commit to action to make sure every child, has every right.

-UNICEF

Why does this matter in OSHC/OOSH?

Educators in the Education & Care Sector, including OSHC/OOSH has a special role to play in ensuring children are aware of their rights and are able to access these rights. You are in a very important position as an Educator to advocate for children and their rights. One way you can do this is incorporate the Convention into your Service Philosophy & daily practice.

Let’s reflect:

Acknowledgement of Country

At Firefly HR, we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we work & connect with you from today. As a base, Firefly HR connects from the land of the Garigal or Caregal people, and would like to acknowledge all 29 clan groups of the Eora Nation.

At Firefly HR, we connect – although online, and meet by story sharing, learning, taking on non verbal queues, deconstruct and reconstruct information, and move in non linear directions at times. We use symbols without realising, and link with our own land and community.

This is all interconnected. We are utilising Aboriginal pedagogy with these processes and in our daily work.

We acknowledge the land that we are on today has been the core of all spirituality, language, knowledge, and sacred sites. This knowledge is what us and others need to embrace to ensure a future for our children and our children’s children.

We need to hear, respectfully, and listen.

As a guiding principle to the National Quality Framework that Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are valued, we are working on building the foundations here and believe a strong, meaningful acknowledgement of country is important.