Education Safety Manifesto

Designing for the Rights of the Child


Kabuni's journey is one of innovation, inclusivity, and responsibility, guided by the unwavering commitment to uphold and respect the rights of every child in the digital age. We envision a world where every child can learn, grow, and thrive in a nurturing digital environment. Join us in shaping the future of education – a future that belongs to our children.

At Kabuni, our Research & Safety pillar represents a groundbreaking collaboration with diverse organizations, focusing on catalysing digital innovation for the benefit of children and young people. We are dedicated to integrating the perspectives and needs of young learners into the core strategies of digital innovators, businesses, and policy makers. Our mission is to critically assess and shape the evolving digital landscape, ensuring that it supports the rights and needs of children.

Led by Nina Jane Patel, our research initiatives encompass three key areas: fostering play in an ever-evolving technological landscape, enhancing global education sectors, and providing comprehensive guidance for stakeholders. Central to our efforts is the inclusion of children's voices, supported by research aimed at fostering tangible, positive changes in the lives of young learners.

Kabuni Design for Children’s Rights

Our mission is to Unlock the Design Potential of Every Child and Elevate Life.

Design for Children's Rights at Kabuni signifies our commitment to integrating children's rights into the heart of our digital innovation. Recognizing that digital technologies are now integral to the lives of children for communication, education, play, and development, we understand their vital role in upholding children’s human rights. Our approach is rooted in the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), applicable to all children up to 18 years old. We are particularly guided by the UNCRC’s General Comment No 25, which outlines the application of these rights in the digital realm. In this general comment, the Committee explains how States parties should implement the Convention in relation to the digital environment and provides guidance on relevant legislative, policy and other measures to ensure full compliance with their obligations under the Convention and the Optional Protocols thereto in the light of the opportunities, risks and challenges in promoting, respecting, protecting and fulfilling all children’s rights in the digital environment.

Kabuni is dedicated to defining and shaping our digital offerings to better serve and protect the rights of children. Furthermore, Kabuni has chosen to embrace the Child Rights by Design framework because it aligns with our core values and mission. We believe in creating a safe, inclusive, and empowering digital learning environment for children. By adopting these principles, we are committed to ensuring that our digital products and services prioritize the rights, safety, and well-being of children. This framework provides a comprehensive and ethical approach that guides our design, development, and operation processes, reflecting our dedication to responsible innovation that benefits children and respects their rights.

Who is this Manifesto for?

This manifesto is for our community of entrepreneurs, partners, parents, teachers, caregivers, children, and key stakeholders. It is a guiding vision that outlines our commitment to ensuring the best interests, rights, and protection of children in the digital age. It serves as a beacon for all those involved in the education and well-being of children, emphasizing principles of equity, privacy, responsible innovation, and child participation. Our manifesto is a collective promise to create a safe, inclusive, and enriching digital environment for children, fostering their growth and development while respecting their rights and dignity.

Why is this Manifesto needed?

Kabuni recognizes the vital importance of the manifesto, driven by the "by design" concept that empowers creators, designers, and policymakers to shape technological innovations with a strong focus on values that enhance human wellbeing. These values encompass privacy, safety, security, ethics, equality, inclusion, and human rights, including those of children. The current digital landscape often overlooks the unique needs of children and fails to adequately support them. This oversight results in various issues, from threats to children's safety, privacy, agency, and wellbeing to missed opportunities for their benefit. While there's a growing awareness of children's rights, challenges remain in implementing these principles across various digital products and sectors. Kabuni seeks to address these challenges by championing child rights-respecting innovation and fostering collaboration between stakeholders to create a safer and more inclusive digital world for children.

What the Manifesto offers

Kabuni is committed to implementing regulatory frameworks, industry codes, and terms of services that prioritize ethics, privacy, and safety in all aspects of digital product development and operation, aligning with the highest standards. Our guidance is informed by the 11 Child Rights by Design principles, which are rooted in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and enriched through collaboration with children, designers, and child rights experts. It provides practical insights, child rights application, expert perspectives, reflection points, and design resources to help innovators integrate child rights considerations into their digital innovations.

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