College: School of Law
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Duration: 1.6 year(s)
Department: Department of Public Law
Learning Mode: Online
Location: Harare Campus
The Department of Social Sciences at Africa University is committed to developing itself into a regional centre of excellence. As a pan African institution the university draws students from across the continent to its programmes. The challenges faced by African societies are wide ranging from poverty, mass displacement, famine and epidemic diseases. Much of the suffering that stems from these social ills falls disproportionately on children, women, and family structures.
Cases that involve violation of child rights are on the increase in Zimbabwe and in most African countries. Child marriages, child soldiers and children being forced into prostitution is becoming a common occurrence. Children are human beings and they have rights. They are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). However despite this rich background and information on child rights instruments and principles in African regional organizations, worrying child rights violations continue to plague the continent and very little exists in the form of a body of literature that approaches the idea of child rights and the notion of childhood from an African perspective.
This perspective advocates for the inclusion of African values, norms and social constructions on childhood into the child rights debate. As a response to these challenges Africa University in collaboration with UNICEF is proposing to launch the Master of Science in Child Rights and Childhood Studies programme.
The main objective of the programme is to equip students with knowledge and skills in child rights and childhood studies anchored in the African perspective. Currently ‘Child Rights’ is offered as a course in the Masters in Child and Family studies programme. UNICEF is sponsoring child centered education programmes where they partner with local universities.
UNICEF has asked Africa University through the Department of Social Sciences to expand the child rights component in the MSc in Child and Family studies into a fully fledged graduate program. Given this background,the Department of Social Sciences is proposing to launch the Master of Science in Child Rights and Childhood Studies degree.
The degree programme aims to develop in students a knowledge base in child rights and social constructions on childhood from an African perspective. This knowledge would in turn inform programming in child centered programs.
By successfully completing the MSc in Child Rights and Childhood Studies degree, students will be able to:
A good first degree in relevant area.