International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 7, Issue 7 (2020)

Exploration of teachers’ understanding of children’s rights and classroom practices in Zambia


Jordan Nyirenda, Alison MacKenzie

Although Zambia is among countries that have ratified the convention on the rights of the child (CRC), it is doubtful if teachers are aware of the existence of the CRC since the contents of the CRC have not been embedded in the school curricula. It still remains a puzzle how teachers in Zambia negotiates classroom practiced in the absence of classroom policies on children rights. This study, whose aim was to explore teachers’ understanding of children’s rights and classroom practices, employed a qualitative research method. Data was collected through interview via skype in which six participants were involved. This study revealed that the teacher’s knowledge about children’s rights is not linked to the CRC. This was evident by their inability to mention any article from the Convention. Further revelation of the teachers’ understanding of rights is only based on general knowledge of rights. This research also found that children’s rights are not included in the education system in Zambia, which serves to prove that teachers don not teach children’s rights in their classrooms.
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Jordan Nyirenda, Alison MacKenzie. Exploration of teachers’ understanding of children’s rights and classroom practices in Zambia. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 7, Issue 7, 2020, Pages 66-70
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