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Connecting Our Values

by Ana Page and Louise Derman-Sparks
May/June 2017
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We dedicate our article to the late Chris Lamm, whose inspiration, insights, and prodigious skills laid the foundation and led the building of Peace Camp, Orange County, California.

In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly set forth its Declaration of the Rights of the Child, followed in 1989 by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Diversity and equity early childhood advocates around the world treat these documents as foundational to their work. Article 2 of the Convention makes clear that children’s rights are universal, applying “to all children, whatever their race, religion or abilities…. It doesn’t matter where children live, what language they speak, what their parents do, whether they are boys or girls, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, or whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.” And, especially pertinent for anti-bias education, Article 29 declares that “education… should encourage children to respect others’ human rights and their own and other cultures. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment, and respect other people.” 

This article highlights the Orange County, California Peace Camp, a summertime day camp experience for a diverse group of children ranging ...

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