A South African Perspective of Grade 9 Learners' Experiences of Children's Rights

Lucia Munongi, Jace Pillay

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This study aimed to determine children's experiences of their rights. The sample consisted of 185 Grade 9 pupils (females = 95; males = 90) randomly sampled from 13 secondary schools from Johannesburg, South Africa, from a previous study. The participants were requested to write their responses to an open-ended question: 'What do you think of children's rights in South Africa?' The data were analysed using content analysis since the data from the open-ended question was qualitative in nature. Results indicated that children were aware that they have rights, and that adults were still violating them. Based on the findings and a human rights-basedframework, several recommendations were made, such as, the need to adopt a more radical approach when dealing with children's rights and the need to encourage schools and families to develop a culture of respecting children's rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-294
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Rights
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • child protection
  • children
  • children's rights
  • convention on the rights of the child
  • experiences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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