Blanchet-Cohen, N. et Grégoire-Labrecque, G. (2022). The Transformative Potential of Human Rights Education for Youth Engagement in the Community. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 30(2), 356-377.
This article examines the potential of human rights education (hre) for youth engagement in promoting human rights and children’s rights for diversity and inclusion. The retrospective study of Speaking Rights, a programme implemented by a community-based organisation for over a decade across Canada, presents the outreach, outcome and approach of youth-led community action projects (cap s). The accessible, practical, relational and reflective approach was generative. The iterative and multi-pronged work provided opportunities for broad outreach and awareness amongst a range of youth-serving organisations. We discuss the transformative prospects of the cap s as illustrative of a broadening of children’s rights and a renewal of hre, along with the limitations of bringing the emancipatory nature of hre to scale, and the need to allow for a critical stance throughout the hre process that includes supporting disruptive spaces to meaningfully tackle injustices.