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|UNICEF’s Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Maria Calivis (centre), at a conference at the Dagestan State Pedagogical University in May.|
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 31 October 2008 – A textbook developed by UNICEF in partnership with the Dagestan State Pedagogical University was awarded a gold medal during Russia Education Week 2008, held in early October at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in Moscow.
The award-winning textbook, entitled ‘Teaching Children's Rights’, won top honours in the category called ‘Developments and Innovative Solutions in the Field of Higher Education’. The book was written for an innovative course on the protection of children’s rights. The UNICEF-supported course was introduced in the curriculum of the Dagestan State Pedagogical University this year.
"In many countries, including Russia, the majority of adults and children do not know much about the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” noted the head of the UNICEF North Caucasus office, Rashed Mustafa. “That is why it is crucial to educate future teachers about it so that they can later pass this knowledge on to their students."
About 350 organizations took part in the Russia Education Week exhibition this year, including higher education institutions, secondary schools and vocational schools from all over Russia, as well as companies that provide educational services and products.
‘Teaching Children's Rights’ is the first textbook on the theme of child rights that is aimed at higher education institutions that train teachers. The accompanying interactive course is intended for second- and fifth-year students. Second-year students are introduced to the principles of human rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while fifth-years study teaching techniques for discussing the Convention with children.
UNICEF will work towards the replication of this unique course in other regions of the Russian Federation.
In May of this year, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Maria Calivis, presided over a conference devoted to the new course and to child rights education during her visit to the North Caucasus region.