Children’s Rights in Primary Schools in Serbia – Situation and Expectations

  • Jelena Stamatović
  • Jelena Žunić Cicvarić

Abstract

School is the most suitable place for students to learn about child rights and where these rights are to be respected. In the research we have conducted, the objective was to examine the knowledge of primary school
students about the rights of the child and to obtain insight into how these rights are respected. Using an interview scaling technique, we questioned 351 final year primary school students and 231 teachers. The students did not rate their knowledge of child rights highly: they mostly expect teachers to provide them with information on child rights; the students obtain the majority of such information in the civic education classes, which is an optional subject and is not attended by all students, as well as in homeroom sessions. Teachers believe that it is the responsibility of homeroom teachers to familiarise students with the rights of a child. The rights to freedom of expression of students and their participation in decision-making are the least respected, according to both students and teachers. Furthermore, all believe that some forms of discrimination exist in schools. We have found especially significant suggestions and recommendations given by students and teachers to overcome the existing problems and provide better access to the rights of the child in school.

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Published
2019-03-25
How to Cite
STAMATOVIĆ, Jelena; CICVARIĆ, Jelena Žunić. Children’s Rights in Primary Schools in Serbia – Situation and Expectations. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 83-102, mar. 2019. ISSN 2232-2647. Available at: <https://ojs.cepsj.si/index.php/cepsj/article/view/661>. Date accessed: 26 may 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26529/cepsj.661.