Monitoring Children’s Rights

20 May-30 June 2015 (E04315)Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Deadline: 1 February 2015

Instructor: Fiona Ang

This e-learning course is a basic introduction to the concept and practice of children’s rights monitoring. It will address the monitoring cycle, including tool development, methodologies for carrying out monitoring (respecting child participation), and the application of results for improving the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.

Learners will explore different indicators and indicator systems already in use and the basics of choosing or constructing a children’s rights indicator. Through a blending of theoretical and case study material, the course will illustrate procedures for the appraisal, selection, development and analysis of monitoring approaches. Purely technical aspects of mathematical manipulation of indicators and statistical regression, however, will not be addressed.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars, quizzes and a written assignment and is offered over a six-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments, including case studies, and participate in group discussions and webinars. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. The Framework: Children’s Rights as Part of International Human Rights Law
Week 2. The Monitoring Concept
Week 3. Children’s Rights Indicators
Week 4. Monitoring the Children’s Rights Situation of a (Specific) Group of Children
Week 5. Monitoring a Specific Right
 of the Child
Week 6. Preparation of Monitoring Reports and Advocacy

About the instructor: Fiona Ang

Fiona AngFiona Ang is Director of the Flemish Organisation for Human Rights Education (VORMEN). Before joining VORMEN in 2008 she worked as a Researcher at the University of Louvain as part of a interdisciplinary research team on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ms. Ang also worked as a Child Rights Officer and International Programmes Officer at UNICEF Belgium and as intern at the United Nations and Amnesty International in Geneva, Brussels and Jakarta. Her areas of expertise are children’s rights, human rights education and pedagogy. She regularly conducts training workshops for teachers, NGO staff, policy makers and law enforcement officials.

Who should apply

The course is intended for human rights/child rights staff of NGOs, intergovernmental and government agencies, children’s advocates and child-related professionals. Participants should have a good written command of English — the working language of the course — and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575 (after 1 February 2015: US$ 675); tuition for auditors: US$ 215 (US$ 250 after 1 February 2015). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer (additional fee applies) and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration. There are a limited number of (partial) scholarships available for this course through HREA’s Scholarship Fund.

How to register

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Early registration and payment deadline: 1 February 2015. However, registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that courses generally fill up quickly!

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