The rights-based approach to educational quality emphasizes rights to education, rights in education and rights through education in equal magnitude. Rights-based frameworks not only necessitate the elimination of all barriers to learning opportunities but also require that the learning experience have intrinsic worth and promote children’s rights.
This approach is founded on the “rights of the whole child, and all children, to survival, protection, development and participation” (UNICEF, 2000, p. 4). It is reflected in the child-friendly schools model.
Alternative views and paradigms to educational quality
Social Justice Approach
Educational Quality in the Middle East and North Africa
A social justice approach to educational quality is founded on three principles:
(1) Education should be inclusive and concerned with ensuring all learners achieve learning outcomes.
(2) A quality education must be relevant and contribute to sustainable livelihoods and well-being for all learners, must be valued by their communities and consistent with national development priorities.
(3) Education should be democratic with learning outcomes determined through public debate and ensured through processes of accountability.
A good quality education arises from interactions between three overlapping environments: the policy, the school and the home/community environments.
Child-Friendly Schools Model