Children learn prejudice and stereotypes from the beliefs and behaviour of adults who surround them. These are reinforced and perpetuated by other social institutions such as the media. Furthermore, where children take on stereotypes and rigid social constructions of their own identity, as well as that of others, their ability to reach their full potential may be limited. In this way, discrimination is passed down through generations.
Education campaigns: are therefore needed among adults and children to help people to understand the causes and effects of discrimination. Such campaigns can challenge traditional beliefs and practices concerning particular groups and promote equality, diversity, inclusion and tolerance.
Training of professionals working with children: all professionals working with children need training to help them understand the right to non-discrimination and the implication of any new legislation or policies related to this.
For more information, visit the website of Child Rights Education for Professionals (CREDPRO)
- A-Z of non-discrimination: See our briefings providing information about the extent, causes and impact of different aspects of discrimination.
- Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, October 2009)
- Language can play a crucial role in reinforcing or perpetuating discrimination. Read a guide on appropriate terms for talking about disability in See Me, Hear Me - A guide to using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of children, pp. 101-2, authored by Gerison Lansdown for Save the Children (2008).
Language guides addressing other aspects of discrimination will be made available here shortly.