Did you know that there is an international agreement designed to defend children around the world? It is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and it protects every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. The UNCRC is the basis for all of the work of Unicef, a global charity created in 1946 to help protect children after World War II.
There are 54 articles in the complete law, which was written in 1989, and today we looked at 12 of them.
- Article 3: Adults should do what is best for you.
- Article 6: You have the right to be alive.
- Article 14: You have the right to think what you like and be whatever religion you want to be.
- Article 15: You have the right to make friends.
- Article 17: You have the right to collect information from radios, newspapers, television, books etc., from all around the world.
- Article 19: No one should hurt you in any way.
- Article 24: You have a right to good health.
- Article 27: You have the right to food, clothes and a place to live.
- Article 28: You have a right to education.
- Article 30: You have the right to enjoy your own culture, practise your own religion and use your own language.
- Article 31: You have the right to play.
- Article 37: You should not be put in prison.
We had to work in groups and think about whether each article is aimed at ensuring children’s health, safety or happiness. We then had to decide which of the 12 we thought was most important and present our thinking to the rest of the class using persuasive language, which is what we have been learning about this week.
Interestingly, most of us thought that Article 3 was the most important: Adults should do what is best for you.
Which do you think is the most important?