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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Defending the Rights of Vulnerable Children and Youth through Education: A Focus on the Role of Self-Teaching and Play

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 1:30pm
2255 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on how global innovation and technology are strengthening the rights of children and youth through education that promotes self-teaching and play.

Children are the world’s most vulnerable population.  They comprise more than 50 percent of the world refugee population. 5.9 million children die each year from preventable causes, nearly half of them due to malnutrition. Education is a universal right, and is key to empowering vulnerable children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease.

Global technology companies, NGOs and individual entrepreneurs are developing original, creative solutions that not only improve the condition of those around the world living in conflict zones, extreme poverty and refugee camps, but teach children and youth fundamentals of development such as sharing, collaboration, and inquiry. Innovative ideas allow people within these contexts to access the knowledge needed to foster holistic development strategies and advocate for their own needs and rights.

What are the positive developments at the nexus of human rights and innovative education strategies, and can technology help?  How can Congress bolster these efforts? Witnesses will present testimony informed by their experience implementing innovative solutions to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and youth around the world.

This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. The hearing will be livestreamed via YouTube on the Commission website, For any questions, please contact Jamie Staley (for Mr. Hultgren) at (202-226-1516) or or Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

Randy Hultgren, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Opening Remarks


Panel I

Panel II

  • Lindsay Groves, Vice-President, Program Development and Evaluation, Right to Play International
    Written testimony
  • Denny Johnson, Founder and Chairman, Kids Around the World
    Written testimony
  • Hakan Habip, Founder, Science Heroes Association
    Written testimony





115th Congress