Children’s Rights in International Education

With a research background in Childhood Studies, Nick Petten is at the forefront of conducting research on and advocating for children’s rights and its application in a global context, especially within the education sector. He takes these experiences and learnings into all Petten Consulting projects that involve children and young people. He recently worked with Right to Play in the Play for the Advancement of Quality Education (PAQE) baseline evaluation where he led a team of analysts through a comprehensive and complex Performance Management Framework and data analysis. In addition to analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from 8 different countries for the PAQE program, his team provided recommendations on data quality issues at Right To Play. Subsequent to that work, Nick worked with an international team on the evaluation of UNICEF’s Peacebuilding and Education Advocacy program in 14 conflict-affected countries. As part of the aforementioned evaluation, he conducted in-depth reviews of several countries’ Education Sector Plans and the impact of UNICEF’s programming and partnerships. He is also active in child rights advocacy in Toronto through several volunteer and paid positions and board appointments for organizations such as the Canadian Student Association for Children’s Rights (CSACR) and Plan Canada.