Taylor Cunha 8-14 Why are children denied rights? Here in Canada we children and teens have many human rights and we our not deniededucation, speech or freedom.So why isn’t it like this in other countries? Children in developingcountries are forced to work in unsafe factories with little food and no play. They do not get anyhealthcare and are denied love. In particular I’m going to focus on the children who are deniedtheir freedom, speech and education. They are ordered around by greedy masters and they cannotspeak their mind or laugh. Children who are denied basic human rights do not have anyopportunity to go to school and get an education. We need to raise awareness and do everythingwe can to help the children who are denied their rights and make a difference in OUR world.Children, teens and adults in Canada should use their human rights to help enslaved children whodo not have the opportunity to have the same human rights as we are fortunate to have. The first thing we need to do to help children around the world is to help them get aneducation. Without any schooling children cannot learn how to read or write which results inpoverty, low to no income and without education children cannot full-fill their dreams or get agood job. The children in the novel “Iqbal” (D.Adamo) are denied an education. They cannotget the help or support they need to learn to read or write, luckily one of the children Mariavaguely knows how to write and secretly teaches the children at night by carving letters into thedirt ground. In an article I read it stated that over 246 million children around the world areworking fulltime, more than half under 12. That means a very large percentage of the worldschildren are not in school. This is a very important human right, every child should have the rightand ability to go to school and get the highest level of education possible. We need to stand upfor these children because everyone can make a difference if they try, As Me to We argues“Itstarts with me”. I think it is importantto have theright to a freedom of speech. Many children around theworld are denied their freedom of speech; we need to help the children who are denied theirvoice. In the novel that I read called “Iqbal” (D.Adamo) Maria is denied her freedom of speech,everyone believes that she is a mute. Everyone believes that she is a mute because ever since themaster picked her up to work as a slave at his carpet factory she has been very depressed andchose not to talk. I think that Maria chose not to talk because she feels she has nothing importantenough to say or nothing that may help the children. Maria probably doesn’t think that she or any
Taylor Cunha 8-14of the other enslaved children will ever see freedom again. Without a voice children cannot standup for themselves, which means that someone else has complete control over them. Childrencannot have fun talking or laughing with their friends without their right of speech. Without afreedom voice you are denied your childhood. In the article of Children’s Rights it states that youhave the legal right to express your own views freely and give your own opinion. Why don’tmillions of children have the right and ability to speak? When we did the Vow of Silencewecould not speak or communicate on any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.)Including texting or talking on the phone for one whole day (24hours) it was very hard for meand many other people not to speak. For some children that is normal and it is what they gothrough everyday of most of their lives. We need to solve this problem, you can help by donatingto Free the Children the campaign that was behind the Vow of Silence. It is very important tosolve this. Not being able to express yourself is exactly the same as being invisible, what do youhave if you are invisible? The last topic I choose is children’s freedom in general. A very big percentage of theworld’s children are denied their basic human rights, and some children do not even know thatthey have rights. In the article I read it talked about the 1.3 billion plus people that work for lessthan one dollar per day. In Canada the minimum wage per hour is around $10.00+ dollars,imagine trying to feed a family with less than a dollar per day. The children in the novelIqbal(D.Adamo) are denied many basic human rights. For example they are forced to go to thewashroom behind a dirty curtain which results in them getting many different infections ordiseases but no access to healthcare or medicine to cure them. In the book I read “Every humanhas rights” by National Geographic the law states “every human in the world must be treated asa PERSON”, but still many children all over the world are not treated like human beings they aretreated more like animals, even worse garbage!Even though there are many laws statingeveryone has rights billions of people still have no rights and probably never will if they don’tget proper help. We need to do everything we can do to help them; you can donate to UNICEF,Free the Children or even adopt a sponsor child in a developing country. “Your rights are yoursalways, nobody can take them away” (Every human has rights by National Geographic). I hope that you learned a lot from my essay. I told you about the human rights childrenjust like us are denied of. They have little to no access of getting an education, no freedom of
Taylor Cunha 8-14speech and very little freedom in general. However there are still MANY other human rights thatchildren are denied of. The first thing we need to do to help raise awareness to stop these crimesagainst innocent people mainly children, is to learn more about what is going on in developingcountries with slavery, and human rights. You can do this by reading books or articles and evengoing on the internet. You can find many organizations that make it a priority to help children;one campaign is Free the Children. On the site you can learn lots of information and even donateto the cause. We should make it a priority to help these children denied of basic human rightsbecause they are just like us and should get to live a normal childhood like we do, and theyshould get the best education possible with also being able to stand up for what they believe in.Imagine if that was you.