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November 20 is Universal Children’s Day – a day to promote the rights and well-being of children and to mark the day that the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). …

November 20 is Universal Children’s Day – a day to promote the rights and well-being of children and to mark the day that the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The CRC is made up of 54 articles – or rights – and, as shown in the slideshow below, many of them are directly connected to the work that Plan does.


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  • 1. Universal Children’s Day The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Plan’s workArticle 1 – Everyone under 18 hasthe rights that are outlined in theUN’s Convention on the Rights of theChild.
  • 2. Article 2 – No child shouldbe treated unfairly on anybases –race, colour, sex, religion, ability, or any other status.
  • 3. Articles 7 & 8 – All childrenhave the right to a name and anidentity, including an officialrecord of who they are.
  • 4. Article 6 – Children have the right to survival and development.
  • 5. Article 12 – Children have the right to participate and give theiropinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.
  • 6. Articles 19 & 32 – Children have the right to be protected from beinghurt and mistreated, and to be free from sexual abuse.
  • 7. Article 24 – Children have the right to the best possible healthcare, cleanwater, nutritious food and a safe environment.
  • 8. Article 28 – Children have the right to a good quality education andshould be encouraged to go to school to the highest level they can.Photo credit: Paolo Black for the Young Health Programme
  • 9. Article 32 – Children havethe right to protection fromwork that harms them andthat is bad for their health &education. If they dowork, they have the right tobe paid fairly.
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