Ten schoolchildren from across the globe have pooled their expertise and taken part in a year-long collaborative research project with the University of Warwick.
The students, all members of the International Gateway for Gifted Youth and aged between 13 and 16 have been working together on the Warwick Junior Commission, researching the theme of Education and Skills as a Human Right.
With mentoring and supervision from Warwick Academic, Dr Cath Lambert, the students have met up three times over the course of the last twelve months and conversed regularly online to explore different perspectives on education and explore the issues that surround it.
The students met for the final time at the University of Warwick this month. They gathered to consolidate their findings which will be presented in the form of a short film, written, shot and edited by the Commissioners themselves.
The specific themes they chose to investigate include:
- The impact of parental expectation and choice
- The role of religion in education
- The education and life chances of Aboriginal children and the factors that affect it
- The philosophy of Confucianism in Taiwan
- The education of ‘Kosians’ in South Korea
- The educational influences on a third generation Asian child
All ten Junior Commissioners were selected via an international competition. Hundreds of entries were received from dozens of countries - essays, films, presentations, podcasts and more. The winning entrants were selected from a shortlist by a panel of leading human rights lawyers, academics and students from around the world.