The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In 1989, governments worldwide promised all children the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential. They apply equally to every child, regardless of who they are, or where they come from, from birth until death.
The Convention has 54 articles that recognise the human rights of children, defined as any person under the age of 18. It is the only international Human Rights treaty, which includes civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. It sets out in detail what every child needs to have for a safe, happy and fulfilled childhood.
The five key words which our pupils are being introduced to regarding Human Rights are:
Inherent - Humans are born with rights.
Inalienable - Rights cannot be given, taken away, bought or sold.
Indivisible - Every right is important in order for children and young people to survive, develop and reach their full potential. Rights are a whole package and are interlinked.
Universal - Rights are for all children and young people across the world.
Unconditional - Rights do not come with any conditions attached and are not linked to responsibilities as they are not earnt.
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Lockyer's Middle School staff and pupils have come together to select our 16 key articles. These have been displayed around school and weekly our staff article ambassadors have delivered assemblies to pupils about the articles. These assemblies have allowed for discussion about what each article means, how they apply to them and links to local and worldwide scenarios.