“This post is dedicated to all the world’s children who are unable to go to school or live with rights and freedom.”
The Battalion Hawk Bloggers
For the last few days, we have been investigating The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Where did these rights COME from, you ask. Well, in 1990 the United Nations, (the UN), came together and agreed on these rights for children all AROUND the world. The UN is an organization that is made up of many different countries working toward making sure that all human beings have a good quality of life.
We discovered that 192 countries agreed to signing The Convention on Rights for children. We thought there were WAY more countries in the world than THAT … so … we GOOGLED it! We were really WORRIED that so FEW countries had signed it because WE think it is an IMPORTANT document!
Our Google search told us that there are only 196 countries in the world. (Some of us were feeling a little BADLY about the fact that we only had 90 flags on our flag counter. THAT’S because a few of us thought there were at LEAST 800 different countries in the world! PHEW! We’re just under HALF way there to collecting ALL the world’s flags on this blog!) Doesn’t technology ROCK?
It ALSO makes us feel better to know that almost ALL of the world’s countries have AGREED to support The Convention on the Rights of the Child!
You might be wondering what KIND of rights children have. A right is something that you are allowed to do … something that is expected. The UN believes that children should have the right to have:
- a home
- healthy food and water
- an education
- play time
- health care
- protection from harmful work … yup … lots of kids as young as US have to WORK around the world
There are MANY, (54), rights listed to help protect children around the world. Rights are important because they can help to keep you safe. They help people to meet their needs for food, shelter, good health and living a good life.
But, rights ALWAYS come with responsibility. We have the right that people will treat us with respect … it shouldn’t matter what colour our skin is, how old we are, or if we are a boy or a girl … we are ALL important and deserve respect. We are ALL citizens of the world. Those RIGHTS come with great RESPONSIBILITY. No one is more important than anyone else. It is OUR responsibility to make sure that we treat OTHERS the way that WE would like to be treated. The Golden Rule is a wonderful rule to live by.
“Rights and responsibilities are important because all kids need to have an education, a home, health care and play time. Once, a girl got shot in the head and neck because she wanted to go to school. But, she is still alive. It is our responsibility to take care of the world. We are helpful to the world. We are helping the world because we give money to the poor and do nice things for them. People in many countries have to work at the ages of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and more. Some people in Peru walk four hours to get to go to school. I forgot to tell you that sometimes they find out that the teachers aren’t there. I am so lucky and happy about where I live. I am so thankful.” ~Rayann & Zubayda
“Why do YOU think child rights and responsibilities are important? The reason why I think that the rights and responsibilities are important is because … if there weren’t any rights, kids would not know what they could do. If there were no responsibilities, kids would not be nice. So, it would be sad and not a caring world. How would YOU help by making the world a better place? You may not know who Ross Mannell is, but he made us a video. It is about sharing one single smile. What I will do to make the world a better place will be by sharing Ross Mannell’s smile! Why do YOU think that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is important? I would say that it is important to help kids and adults to meet their needs and to help with their freedoms!” ~Jayden
“If there aren’t any rights, kids that have jobs won’t be paid fairly. We all need rights. Some people don’t care about rights. Some kids walk four hours to get to school and the teachers aren’t even there. Kids have the right to have rights. If I were to make the world a better place, I would donate money. I would give food to the homeless.” ~Christopher, Nick & Tre
“Rights are like if you give a child a home, clothes, food and a good parent. That is a right. It is important because if children get hurt, it won’t be safe for children in the whole world. I know why responsibilities are important … because if you knock a water bottle over and you pick it up again that is being respectful to others. If you don’t pick the water bottle up, that is not being very respectful. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is important because if the child is trained to kill that is not good, like some child soldiers. It is right to give some people food. I would give food and water so that people are healthy.” ~Joyce
“Rights and responsibilities are important because if you want someone to respect you, you have to respect that person too. Rights and responsibilities are important because if you dropped a glass of milk at a friend’s house and you don’t say sorry, that means you are not respectful to them. If children don’t have rights that means children don’t have education, health care, play time or a home. People need water for many kinds of things. People use water to drink, wash, grow food and clean their clothes. People also need food so they can be strong and healthy.” ~James & Constantine
“We are lucky that we live in Canada because in some parts of the world, children’s rights and responsibilities aren’t respected. I’m happy that (people who force kids into the army) don’t live in Canada. I’m very lucky because, in Pakistan, a girl got shot because she wanted to go to school. We are lucky to live in Canada. Some kids have to carry water from wells. Sometimes kids disappear because crocodiles eat them when they get water from the river. Sometimes they use buckets that are rusty and they get tetanus shots if they are lucky. If they don’t they might die! Some kids even have to walk to school and they realize that the teachers aren’t there.” ~Elijah, Davis & Danny
“So, you might know a little about children’s rights … but you will learn more if you listen to us! You ask why they are important? Child rights are important. I think what we should do to make the world a better place is: everyone should have an equal amount of food and water. Now … a responsibility is, for example, if you have a right not to get hurt then you have a responsibility to not hurt other people.” ~Ella & Rebecca
“I am glad that I wasn’t born in a country that doesn’t have child’s rights. Oops, you might not KNOW about child rights. The organization that powers child rights is called the United Nations. They had 192 votes to support child rights. Many children have to work. Some jobs are easier than others for children. Rights and responsibilities always go together. For example, I have the right for you to be nice to me. I have the responsibility to be nice to you! We’ve been asked how could I do something better for the world. Well, I thought about giving money to people that come to the door for charity.” ~Ben, Chris & Tommy
“Rights and responsibilities are important because all kids need education, a home, health care and play time. Once, a girl really wanted to go to school but, instead, she got shot in the neck and head. She is still alive and today she just got out of the coma. It is important that a lot of countries signed the UN Convention because lots of kids can go to school. 192 countries voted out of 196. Some people make kids their slaves. I help the world by giving a couple of dollars to a charity! The United Nations, (UN), is an organization formed by a lot of countries all over the world. It is to help people all over the world to have a good quality of life.” ~Chelsea
“I am so happy that we are not in a country that doesn’t have child rights. I might have been hurt by now! How do rights relate to responsibilities? Let’s say that you have many rights, okay? Then, if you have many rights, you have many responsibilities. So, rights are when a child gets something. Responsibilities are when a child gets a right and has to use it wisely. The Convention of the Rights of the Child is important because it keeps children safe.” ~Tyler and AJ
“Rights and responsibilities are important because they keep you safe. For example: education rights, religious rights, equality rights, the right to a home, language rights and the right to speak freely. Rights are something like girls aren’t more important than boys. You have the responsibility to make sure you wear good clothes for the weather, eat enough food, and to make sure you’re healthy enough to go outside. Treat others the way you want to be treated! I am so glad that I am not in one of those countries. From now on I am going to donate some money for those countries. I am so happy to have education, health care, a home and time to play.” ~Cemre & Lauren
We KNOW that we are LUCKY to live in a developed country like Canada. We ALSO know that it is our responsibility to respect the rights of others. We live in a country that believes in children’s rights. We have good health care and ALL children go to school. It’s even the LAW that ALL children go to school. We ALSO know that, even in Canada, not all children are lucky enough to have all their basic rights and needs met. Children all OVER the world struggle each and EVERY day to have their needs and rights met.
The world is a BEAUTIFUL place. We think it could be even BETTER if …
- we ALL worked together to create quality of life for each and EVERY human being living on our planet.
- ALL countries made sure each person’s rights were taken care of.
- more countries shared their money and food with the countries that have a hard time meeting their needs.
- Were YOU familiar with The Convention on the Rights of the Child? WHY do you think it is such an important document?
- How can we all HELP to bring these rights to ALL children of the world?
- Do you know any stories of OTHER kids trying to make the world a BETTER place for some of these children?