The ongoing program developed in North Rhine-Westphalia by EDUCATION Y in cooperation with UNICEF puts every child as a subject and rights holder in the focus of school development. The approach focuses on Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, according to which children and adolescents are given space and encouragement for meaningful participation.
The main objective is to create an inclusive, non-discriminatory, intersectional, power-critical, participatory, school- and lifeworld-based school and learning environments for all children and young people. Paradigm shift from school as a formal educational institution to a participation-oriented place of education with non-formal and informal living and learning opportunities with reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The main activities include intra-school development including the staff of the all-day school; incorporation of the UN CRC as a part of the school curriculum; inclusion of children's rights in the school's mission statement; and local and regional networking with extracurricular partners of youth welfare services, youth associations, and local children's and youth parliaments. Overall, there are three areas of development: Organisational development, Human Resources Development, Classroom development.
Funds are provided by NRW.Bank, UnfallkasseNRW and UNICEF Germany.