Theresa Frey is an International Educator & Refugee Education Scholar. Her research work focuses on educational access for refugee children ages 6 to 11. Her research is on the current state of education access using the right of the child, and the right to education through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with a specific focus on articles 22, 28, and 29 from CRC are listed below. She has researched and worked in migration and refugee education in Jordan (2016), Greece (2016), Afghanistan (2006), and Costa Rica (2003).
Views and research on this website reflects the views of Theresa Frey, and does not represent the views of Pace University.
Article 22 (Refugee children): Children have the right to special protection and help if they are refugees (if they have been forced to leave their home and live in another country), as well as all the rights in this Convention.
Article 28: (Right to education): All children have the right to a primary education, which should be free.Wealthy countries should help poorer countries achieve this right. Discipline in schools should respect children’s dignity. For children to benefit from education, schools must be run in an orderly way – without the use of violence. Any form of school discipline should take into account the child’s human dignity. Therefore, governments must ensure that school administrators review their discipline policies and eliminate any discipline practices involving physical or mental violence, abuse or neglect. The Convention places a high value on education. Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education of which they are capable.
Article 29 (Goals of education):Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. Children have a particular responsibility to respect the rights their parents, and education should aim to develop respect for the values and culture of their parents. The Convention does not address such issues as school uniforms, dress codes, the singing of the national anthem or prayer in schools. It is up to governments and school officials in each country to determine whether, in the context of their society and existing laws,such matters infringe upon other rights protected by the Convention.