NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Subgroup on Education, Literacy and Media

International School Psychology Association (ISPA)
Children’s Rights Committee

Experimental Reporting System on Education: Invitation to Selected State Parties for Participation

States Parties’ reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) can provide information of great significance for understanding and promoting advances in education. For this reason, Lukas Scherer, Representative of the International School Psychology Association to the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was invited in 1996 by the Subgroup on Education, Literacy and Media to evaluate reports to the CRC on the education articles, 28 and 29, of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A study of the first available 49 reports clearly indicated that reporting in a majority of cases was quite inadequate. The broad guidelines for developing initial reports were probably applicable to a wide variety of situations found throughout the world. The findings for initial reports, however, indicates that there is a need for a more detailed structure, including every major component of articles 28 & 29, to help achieve more accurate and comprehensive monitoring. Application of such a structure should help produce the information on education desired by numerous international and national agencies. During 1997 and 1998, the first draft of an experimental reporting to meet these purposes was developed by Lukas Scherer and his associates. The Danish Ministry of Education used the system in an exploratory procedure and found it efficient, comprehensive and productive.

This evolving project has received a good deal of attention. It was presented by invitation at the UNESCO/COFRADE conference on Children’s Rights and Education (Paris, November 1997) and at the first International Conference on Children’s Rights in Education (Copenhagen, April 1998). At the latter conference, representatives of several countries expressed their interest in joining the project and they were invited to do so.

The Subgroup on Education, Literacy and Media of the NGO Group and the Children’s Rights Committee of ISPA are cooperating in this program of research and development. The goal is to refine and further explore the potential of the Experimental Reporting System on Education. To achieve this result, the envisioned reporting system should be tested through use by both national ministries of education and by non-governmental organizations interested in the status and improvement of education. We need your cooperation to advance developments in this area. We kindly invite you to participate by completing the Experimental Reporting System on Education for your country and by commenting on its usefulness, strengths, need for refinement and its potential. Experts at the Danish Ministry of Education indicated that it took less than one hour to complete the process. An overview of this project and a copy of the Experimental Reporting System on Education accompany this letter of invitation.

The project is presently conducted by Dr. Lukas Scherer in cooperation with Prof. Stuart N. Hart, Director of the Office for the Study of the Psychological Right of the Child, School of Education, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Prof. Heinz Stefan Herzka of Zurich University. Please communicate your interest, questions or suggestions to: Lukas P. Scherer, Ph.D., Schulpsychologischer Dienst, Schwimmbadstrasse 11, CH – 8302 Kloten, Switzerland, Tel. 41 18 14 1138, Email lscherer@dplanet.ch.

Sincerely,

Machid Fatio
Chairperson
Subgroup on Education, Literacy and Media
NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Stuart N. Hart
Chairperson
Children’s Rights Committee
ISPA