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Harvard launches free online course on Children’s Human Rights!

Learn how to protect children from exploitation, violence and human rights violations.

Harvard University is launching a free massive open online course on Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice. The course, which has a duration of 14 weeks and requires a commitment of 4 to 6 hours per week, is taught in English.

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In this course you will learn about the foundations of child protection in international human rights law, you will identify child protection issues around the world, and you will explore the severe impact violence and exploitation have on the development of children. You will also discover strategies to prevent these harms and learn how you can strengthen the child protection system.

After the course you will be able to outline the consequences of child protection failures and you will gain the knowledge and skills to connect legal frameworks and child-rights approaches to the work of policymakers, lawyers, health workers, educators, law enforcement, and social workers. You will explore ways how you can foster the protection of children and you will be able to apply child protection strategies to your own context and work.

The course is taught by Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard’s Research Director of the Center for Health and Human Rights. Previously Jacqueline Bhabha worked as practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

While the course contents are available for free, you may opt-in for a verified Harvard certification for an extra fee. Financial aid is available on request for those who qualify through the edX platform.

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