Our Rights As ChildrenBy Aditi Naik and Saira Simon
What is this event about?This is an event where we, the students of TheWinchester School stand in support with face tofaith in solidariTEA to remember those childrenwhose rights have and are still being violated.This event brings together people of differentfaiths and beliefs to discuss issues pertaining tochildrens rights.
What are Childrens rights?• In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a specialdocument just for them because people under 18 years oldoften need special care and protection that adults do not.• The result is the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Aconvention is an instrument in international law, and the CRCis the first legally binding agreement to spell out the rights ofall children.
What is the importance of Childrensrights?Right through history, children have been abused and exploited. Theysuffer from hunger and homelessness, work in life-threateningconditions, have deficient health care and limited opportunities forbasic education. A child does NOT deserve to live such a deprived life.Childhood can and must be preserved. Children have the right tosurvive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions thatimpact their lives.
So come stand with us , and helpus to support those children whoare being neglected. Every childmatters and help us give them alife they are rightful of.
Activity 1Memorising Your RightsYou will have 3 minutes to remember 10 rights
10 Children’s Rights• No child should be treated unfairly on anybasis.• Children have the right to an education.• Children have the right to live.• Children have the right to an identity.• No child should be neglected, abused orexploited.
10 Children’s Rights• Children have the right to relax and play.• Children have the right to meet together andjoin groups and organisations.• Children have the right to get informationthat is important to their health and well-being.• Children have the right to be cared for bytheir parents.• Children have the right to privacy.
Activity 2Recognizing Your RightsYou will be asked questions based on the children’srights poster on each table.
Why is the Conventionof the Rights of theChild necessary?Question 1
Question 2How does the Conventiondefine a child?
Tell us somethingnew you havelearned from thisactivity.Question 6
Activity 3Rank Your RightsRank these rights from most important to leastimportant. Students will then explain and justifywhy they ranked each right as they did.
Activity 4Childrens Rights ViolationsStudents will discuss in pairs- ‘situations that youhave heard of where children’s rights havebeen violated’
Rights violations that young people livewith around the worldThe United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children(2006) reported on violence in a number of settings, including:Home and family –For many children around the world, home is not a safe place because of harsh physicalpunishment and treatment; emotional violence including insults, name-calling, threats,isolation and rejection; neglect; sexual violence; early marriage; harmful traditionalcustoms; and witnessing domestic violence.Schools and educational settings –In many countries, physical punishment and cruel treatment by teachers is a routinepart of school life. Girls may be harassed verbally, abused or raped at school or on theirway there. Bullying between children can be a serious problem. Global studies foundthat between 20 and 60 per cent of children reported that they had been bullied atschool in the past month.
Orphanages, children’s homes and other institutions –There are eight million children around the world who live away from their families.Children in this situation may face neglect and violence from staff and from otherchildren.Community –Communities such as villages, neighbourhoods, streets or groups should be placeswhere children feel protected and supported. However, often they can be placeswhere young people face risks from trafficking and kidnapping, violence from otherchildren. Children may also be exposed to violence through the media and theInternet.Rights violations that young people livewith around the world
Activity 5Know Your ResponsibilitiesEach group will receive one right. Using this theywill brainstorm responsibilities that come withthis right.
Rights• My responsibility in ensuring the right to life• My responsibility in ensuring the right to education• My responsibility in ensuring the right to family or parentalcare• My responsibility in ensuring the right to live in a safeenvironment• My responsibility in ensuring the right to freedom ofreligion, belief and opinion
Thank you!So let us share the richness and beproud of our faith, culture andtradition, join hands in SolidariTEA!