Masters students in Childhood Studies have been actively engaged with students and academics interested in children’s rights.
The Annual ‘Childhood Studies Jamboree’ has been running for 4 years and the last two years has been part of the vibrant ‘Innovative Learning Week’ of the University of Edinburgh. The Jamboree brings together students, researchers, academics and practitioners in a half-day event of knowledge sharing, stimulating discussion and celebration. Participants this year said:
"Engaging presenters, interesting and perspectives on research with children."
"Great to hear research directly from researchers - a sense of immediacy and great to see actual samples of research."
"Interaction and exchange, Jamboree itself is a great initiative!"
In more informal yet also stimulating way, there had been other activities led by the students. For example, in 2013, the cohort organised a Childhood Studies Film Project showcasing movies from different countries across the globe (check out the blog: uoecsfilm.blogspot.co.uk). Each movie has a different theme: child trafficking, child soldiers and street children.
And in 2014, the cohort visited a local nursery in Edinburgh to get first-hand experience of how children's participation can be exercised since early years!
Students have come together across the University, in the Child and Youth Studies Network.
Through the Programme Director, Childhood Studies has access to the Cross-Party Group for Children & Young People, at the Scottish Parliament, so we can attend these monthly meetings and associated activities. This is a chance to see policy-making in practice.
Many other things have been and will be done in the future, so make sure to visit this webpage from time to time.