Social Justice: Children’s Rights

Intro to Social Justice: CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

Most people have heard of human rights, but did you know that human rights also include children’s rights?

What rights do children actually have today?

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed on 20 November 1989 (International Children’s Day) by almost all of the countries in the world, and took effect in 1990. It offers certain protections for children, and lists rights every child should have until they reach the age of 18.

Watch:

READ:

Introduction to Children’s Rights – BBC Bitesize

Conventions on the Rights of the Child – Children’s Version

Reflect:

Reflect on what you have just read and/or watched. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about children’s rights.

What was childhood like before children got rights?

Of course, children didn’t always have rights, and childhood could be pretty short.

Read:

What was life like for children in Victorian London?

Reflect:

Reflect on what you have just read. Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about children’s rights in the past. How do you feel about what you learned?

How long did it take for children to get rights?

Read:

Children’s rights timeline

Research:

When did YOUR country sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
Which countries have NOT ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Reflect:

Write down 2-3 important or new things you have learned about children’s rights.

Journal:

What would you say to a country leader to persuade them to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child?

Take action on children’s rights

Additional Activities:

  • Imagine a group of young aliens has landed on earth. Create a short video, presentation or letter  explaining some of the rights they have as children.
    Which do you think are the most important children’s rights? Create a poster, illustration, presentation or video to share why you think so.
  • Find a news story about children’s rights. Write a short paragraph explaining what right the children aren’t getting, and make suggestions for how to fix the situation.
  • Sign a petition to help raise awareness of a children’s rights issue.

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