CREAN

THE CHILDREN´S RIGHTS ERASMUS ACADEMIC NETWORK (CREAN). Project No. 527696-LLP-1-2012-1-DE-ERASMUS-ENW. Consortium Agreement No. BS-250000-1665

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Project duration 01-10-2012 – 30-09-2015
The Children´s Rights Erasmus Academic Network (CREAN) is a network of universities offering higher education in children's rights with the major aim to include further enhancement of the academic field of children's rights studies as an interdisciplinary field of studies.

More information about the project can be found at the following link.

PROJECT AIMS

The Children´s Rights Erasmus Academic Network (CREAN) is a network of universities offering higher education in children's rights with the major aim to include further enhancement of the academic field of children's rights studies as an interdisciplinary field of studies. The network is based upon a common belief that childhood is a social, historically changeable phenomenon and that children are social subjects who are to be respected as such, with own views, interests, competences and the right to comprehensive participation. CREAN intends to give more importance to the ways in which rights holders relate to and make use of their rights, and overcome existing constraints. It intends to change the reality of children's legal position in society by linking theory and practice.

NETWORKING

a.      Mediterranenan Network

Considering that children’s rights are not taken into account sufficiently in the Mediterranean political initiatives as the so-called Mediterranean Union, network partners see the need to establish a Mediterranean network on children’s rights to bring them up on the academic and political agendas of Mediterranean countries. The main objective of the network will be to share initiatives and research projects as well as the common methodologies between the university professors and experts, who will be part of the network. The Mediterranean network would be an excellent platform to stay in touch and establish long-lasting contacts beyond the end of the TEMPUS-project in 2013 including other countries in the region in and outside Europe. This group will meet in Barcelona on September 26th and 27th, just after the Children´s Rights Research: From Theory to Practice conference takes place.
 
b.      Nordic Network

The regional Nordic Network in Children Rights will gather researchers (academics), members from NGOs and other educators who are closely related to childhood phenomena explorations and both have a great interest in implementing children rights in the context of childhood studies as well as to seek for the possible ways in education to make children’s psychosocial development more favourable in the schools and other micro/macro environments.  It can be seen as a needed cooperative task for researchers to offer joint and comparative scientific knowledge on those issues, taking into account cultural diversity and common interests of the region.
The main objective of the network will be to share initiatives and research projects as well as the common methodologies between the university professors and experts, who will be part of the network. The new network will consist of members from Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Poland. This group will meet in Madrid on September 26th, just after the Children´s Rights Research: From Theory to Practice conference takes place.

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS, CONTACTS

1.    Internationale Akademie für innovative Pädagogik, Psychologie und Ökonomie gGmbH an der Freien Universität Berlin, Germany
2.    Center for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence, Nicosia, Cyprus
3.    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
4.    Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona, Spain
5.    University of Edinburgh, UK
6.    Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (IUKB) – Children’s Rights Unit, Sion, Switzerland
7.    UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
8.    Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
9.    Roskilde University (The Research Groups “Changing Societies: Citizenship, Participation and Power” and “Childhood, Youth and Family Life”), Denmark
10.    The National Council for Children, Denmark
11.    University Tartu, Institute of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Estonia
12.    University of Macedonia, Department of International and European Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece
13.    University Paris Est Creteil ; Department of Educational Sciences, France
14.    School of Education and Social Science Research Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland
15.    University of Bologna, Faculty and Department of Education, Italy
16.    Children’s Forum of Latvia
17.    Vilnius University, Department of Education, Lithuania (P18)
18.    Department of Education, Siauliai University, Lithuania
19.    University of Luxemburg
20.    Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
21.    University of Malta, Faculty of Laws and Department of Youth and Community Studies, Malta
22.    University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, Netherlands
23.    University of Vienna, Research Platform “Human Rights in the European Context”, in cooperation with Ludwig Boltzmann Association - Institute of Human Rights, Austria
24.    Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej, Poland
25.    The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, Warsaw, Poland
26.    Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
27.    Grupo de Sociología de la Infancia y la Adolescencia – GSIA-Madrid, Spain
28.    Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
29.    Rädda Barnens Riksförbund, Save the Children, Sweden
30.    Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
31.    Liechtenstein Development Service (LED)
32.    Norwegian Centre for Child Research, Trondheim, Norway
33.    Law Faculty, Union University Belgrade
34.    Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa

Head of the project at Vilnius University
Dr. Neringa Grigutytė
email:
tel.: +370 5 2667605