The Challenges of Global Citizenship – Ebbeck

In 2006, Marjory Ebbeck wrote:

The recent rise in terrorism around the world has caused families, educators, and indeed all of us to consider again how we might help young children grow up tolerant, accepting, and, above all, non-violent. We wonder how early childhood educators will have to change their curriculum policies in view of what is happening in the world today.” (353) I think she is right in identifying a trend of awareness in the ‘West’; the violence she speaks of has perhaps until relatively recently been more overt in countries where suffering and struggle as a result of globalisation have been experienced…

Rights of the Child

Ebbeck continues: “As far back as 1923, Eglantyne Jebb, founder of the Save the Children Fund, drafted the first Declaration of the Rights of the Child, which became the basis for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Jebb wrote: ‘The whole world stands to lose if the children of any nation grow up degenerate and demoralised through hunger and the whole world stands to gain if they grow up strong and healthy, able and willing to work for the good of their fellow people.‘ Even more than 70 years later, these words are still relevant. In the intervening years, how far have we advanced in achieving an environment of safety, well-being, care, and concern for the world’s children?” (353)

Ref: Marjory Ebbeck (2006) ‘The Challenges of Global Citizenship: some issues for policy and practice in early childhood’ Childhood Education 82(6): 353-357


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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