Hybrid event on February 28: Children's right to education during a pandemic

Children's right to education during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives for the past three years. While the health and labor sectors have received much media attention, relatively little has been said about education. Yet children have been greatly affected by the health crisis. Schools were closed for long periods of time and educational content was reduced to a bare minimum. Children suffered from delays in their learning, but also from other problems related to regular follow-up in the school context. Can we say that their right to education has been respected?

The conference will discuss the challenges of implementing the right to education in times of pandemic and lessons for the future. The right to education is a key right for children, as it is a fundamental right that is linked to the enjoyment of other human rights, including the child's right to development, the right to be protected from violence, the right to participate in culture, minority language rights, and the right to access social support.

Our speakers

Mona Paré | Moderator
Full Professor, Civil Law Section; Director of the IRLRC & Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Tracy Vaillancourt
Professor, Faculty of Education, cross-appointed at the School of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences; Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention, University of Ottawa & Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Nathalie Bélanger
Professor, Faculty of Education, Director of the Observatory on education in minority language contexts, University of Ottawa

Training: Spotlight on Education

Want to learn more about education?

The IRLRC is offering a training on May 25!

The University of Ottawa Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) is pleased to offer a training program on Child Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) under the theme Spotlight on Education on May 25, 2023. The goal of this course is to offer students and professionals the fundamentals of CRIA and the opportunity to use this tool to improve decision-making in different areas and to ensure that children's rights are respected in the processes and outcomes.

It will focus on the education sector, where many types of decisions are made about children or have an impact on children. The training includes a component in which decision-making processes are clarified and children's rights issues are explained. Finally, the training allows face-to-face participants to gain practical experience in using CRIA.

The program is intended for all those involved in education, including administrators, educators, counsellors, social workers, lawyers, as well as academics and students. The training will be offered in French. Those who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate of recognition from the University of Ottawa.


IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND ONLINE: Register here to receive the link.

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND IN PERSON: Please register here as space is limited.

Date and time
Feb 28, 2023
All day
11:30 am — 12:50 pm
Format and location
Zoom webinar | FAUTEUX Hall
Organized by
in partnership with the Faculty of Law, as part of the Civil Law Section Lecture Series