Every child has the right to survival, protection and education, and to have their voice heard. These and many other fundamental children’s rights are outlined in the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
The UNCRC consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children.
Since it was adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, 194 countries have signed up to the UNCRC, with only two countries in the world still to ratify. All countries that sign up to the UNCRC are bound by international law to ensure it is implemented. This is monitored by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights. These include the right to:
We, as a school, have the articles of the UNCRC at the very core of our ethos and curriculum.
We are working towards Level One of the Rights Respecting School's Award having already achieved The Recognition of Commitment from UNICEF.
Unicef work for children in over 190 countries. They exist to represent and support children, and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception.
In the UK
Unicef is helping children, parents and teachers in every way we can. With the schools shut, exams and children’s activities cancelled, they will continue to ensure that the inspiring and unique voices of children are heard. They have also provided teachers with resources on helping children and young people learn about rights from home.
Around the world
Global cooperation is essential and at the heart of our values. Unicef has been working closely with governments and the World Health Organization (WHO) since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. They are providing:
Read the Coronavirus book for children and talk about what you are doing as a family to keep healthy during this time.
Article 17 - Access to information from the media
Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand.
Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm them.
Article 30 – Minority culture, language and religion
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.
Article 2 – Non - discrimination.
Article 19 – Knowledge of rights.
Article 19 – Protection from violence, abuse and neglect.
Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
Every child has the right to an education.
Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child.
Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity and their rights.
Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Why is education important for children and young people?
Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.
How does your school show they respect everyone’s beliefs?
Every child has the right to be registered at birth, to have a name and nationality, and, as far as possible, to know and be cared for by their parents.
Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy.
Write down what you can do to keep yourself healthy.
Draw or list people who can help you stay healthy and safe. What are their jobs?
Make a list with words or pictures of as many kinds of exercise you can think of.
Set up an obstacle course and challenge someone in your house to have a go.