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UPF and the NGO Committee on the Family, NY - “Harmonizing Children’s and Parents’ Rights in Children’s Education”
Thursday 18 November 2021

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UPF and the NGO Committee on the Family, NY will hold a webinar titled, Harmonizing Children’s and Parents’ Rights in Children’s Education” on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 12:30 -2:00 p.m. EST

Speakers will be: Prof. Melissa Moschella is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, where her teaching and research focus on natural law, biomedical ethics, and the moral and political status of the family. One of her many publications is her book, To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education and Children’s Autonomy. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, and received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University

Nuno Crisostomo is an Emergency Specialist, UNICEF (2001- 2020) who has been working with NGOs and governments in more than 70 countries for 32 years. He holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on International Conflict Resolution. 

Program: While the governments should be applauded for their efforts to promote education, parents also play a vital role in overseeing their children’s education. Nowhere has this partnership been more evident than during the pandemic.  As with any partnership, conflicts sometimes exist. In education, examples of such conflicts may be the direction and content of curriculum vis-à-vis moral issues or the legality of homeschooling their children. This program will explore how governments’ and parents’ rights and responsibilities can harmonize their efforts in order to provide the best possible outcome for their children.

Background: Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), expresses the need for States to “recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity.” At the time of the ratification of the CRC in 1989, 80.79% of children worldwide completed their primary education (85.25% of boys and 76.11% of girls). Twenty years later, not only have the macro numbers improved dramatically, but there is far more gender parity in the education of the world’s children, with 89.51% of children overall completing their primary education, corresponding to 89.9% of boys and 89.08% of girls.[1] In 2015, the United Nations highlighted the need for quality education (including the need to reach the last 10% of children) with SDG 4, designed to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Register by November 17 at 6pm EST at https:bit.ly/NGOFamily_Nov18