The Impact of Child Rights Laws on School Headmasters
Dr. Omar Ismail Hashem, from the College of Education, is conducting a research project to find out the impact of child rights laws on the practices of school principals in the Sultanate. The study will be based on a group of 24 principals who spent one to three years working with concepts of child rights and the child-friendly school model. It is hoped that the results of the study will contribute to identifying the proposed expansion in child-friendly schools in the future and implications for implementing the laws related to children's rights.
The Sultanate is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to commit itself to integrating children’s rights as outlined in the United Nations convention on the rights of the child in all components of its educational system. It has observed the UNICEF framework for education called for child-friendly schools, as it seeks child equality in education to promote and enrich all aspects of school life for children, thus ensuring their different rights.
The Ministry of Education, in cooperation with UNICEF, has implemented its vision of quality education and equality by setting standards and quality indicators through the six dimensions of promoting children's rights and applying them in child-friendly schools. These are health and safety, protection, effective learning, community participation, inclusion, and observing gender differences. The Ministry increased the number of pilot schools participating in the Child Friendly Schools Initiative from nine in three governorates to a total of 24 schools in five governorates (Muscat, Dhofar, Musandam, Al Dakhiliyah, Southern Al Batinah).
The Omani Child Law was issued by Royal Decree No. 22/2014.