Global Challenges in Education, Health, Well-Being, and Child Rights
Johnson, Deborah J., Agbényiga, DeBrenna LaFa, Hitchcock, Robert K. (Eds.)
2013, XVIII, 278 p. 7 illus.
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Explores child vulnerability and invisibility across nations and global cultures
Examines development strategies and international conventions on children’s rights
Emphasizes challenges of indigenous, refugee, immigrant, and American ethnic minority children
Challenges standard responses to child vulnerability
Offers perspectives of the children themselves
Explores issues of child labor, fosterage, families, and education
They are laborers, soldiers, refugees, and orphans. In areas of the world torn by poverty, disease, and war, millions of children are invisible victims, deprived of home, family, and basic human rights. Their chances for a stable adult life are extremely slim.
The powerful interdisciplinary volume Vulnerable Children brings a global child-rights perspective to the lives of indigenous, refugee, and minority children in and from crisis-prone regions. Focusing on self-determination, education, security, health, and related issues, an international panel of scholars examines the structural and political sources of children's vulnerabilities and their effects on development. The book analyzes intervention programs currently in place and identifies challenges that must be met at both the community and larger policy levels. These chapters also go a long way to explain the often-blurred line between vulnerability and resilience.
Key areas of coverage include:
Dilemmas of rights-based approaches to child well-being in an African cultural context.
Poverty and minority children’s education in the United States: The case study of a Sudanese refugee family.
The heterogeneity of young children’s experiences in Kenya and Brazil.
A world tour of interventions for children of a parent with a psychiatric illness.
An exploration of fosterage of Owambo orphans in Namibia.
UNICEF in Colombia: Defending and nurturing childhood in media, public, and policy discourses.
Vulnerable Children is a must-have resource for researchers, graduate students, clinicians and professionals across a range of fields, including child and school psychology, social work, maternal and child health, developmental psychology, anthropology, sociology, social policy, and public health.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Aboriginal education - African cultures and policies - Boodja Marr Karl - Child and adolescent development - Child health - Child labor in farm and domestic work - Child mental health issues - Child rights - Child well-being - Children in Marine Fishing in Ghana - Children of war - Cultural empowerment - Foster care and child rights - Fosterage of Owambo orphans in Namibia, Southern Africa - Human rights - Immigrant children - Indigenous education - International child rights - Invisible children - Media, public, and policy discourses in children’s rights - Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project - Orphans and fosterage - Parent-child relations - Parental socialization - Poverty and minority children’s education - Psychiatric disorders and interventions - Refugee youth - Resilience - Schooling and child rights - Self-determination in education - Self-perception in families and schools - Transnational humanitarian organizations in Malawi - Trokosi child - UNICEF’s Juanita Communication Initiative in Colombia - “Lost Boys”