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Global Grade 3 Explores The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Posted by on October 18, 2012

“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

We are ALL children of the earth. We are ALL deserving of respect.
Photo by The Battalion Hawk Bloggers © 2012

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!

Thank GOODNESS for GOOGLE … it would have taken us FOREVER to count all those countries … and … we kept losing COUNT!
Photo by The Battalion Hawk Bloggers © 2012

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 such a BEAUTIFUL place … if we ALL work together … just IMAGINE the possibilities!
Photo by The Battalion Hawk Bloggers © 2012

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.

We wonder:

  • 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?

8 Responses to Global Grade 3 Explores The Convention on the Rights of the Child

  1. Eric

    “Don’t be sad that it is over be happy because it happened”
    -Dr. Suess-

    Dear Global Grade 3
    Another great blog post I think that some day when you make like the best post my head will explode (a good thing because your posts are really good). As you know that in the middle east there is no paper nothing to right with, so they use a pile of dirt and a stick to right on it. What does Mrs. Renton read to you for read aloud? If you are reading the Pendragon series. On the first book miners are mining with gas air. (That is really dangerous). And also Mrs. Renton probably already told you where I come from ( my family). When they were young they heard that when they had NOT have any paper they would use bamboo and use a stick to write.

    Sad, huh?

    You are all very lucky for a great teacher a house, food , and friends, but other places like the middle east do not have half of what you have. Remember this always you are very lucky.

    Ciao (bye)!


    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Eric!

      Thank you for your comment. We liked the Dr. Seuss quote because it celebrates life as half full and not half empty. Of course people are sad when good experiences are over … but it’s important to focus on the good stuff that happened and the memories.

      You said that people in the Middle East have no paper to write on, so they use the dirt and a stick to carve into the ground. So, we were wondering it you meant in the PAST or in the PRESENT? We discovered a website that told us that paper has been in the middle east for over 1100 years. In the 10th century … PAPER was introduced to the Middle East. BEFORE that, they used papyrus … which is paper made from “fresh-water reeds”, (grass). Historically, paper has been used in the Middle East for centuries. Here is the link:

      So far, we have read, and finished, Matilda for Read Aloud. Presently, we are reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret. We are not very far into it yet, but we are really enjoying it. Have you read it?

      Mrs. Renton has NOT told us about where you are from. We would love YOU to tell us about where you are from! You mention that historically your country used bamboo to write with … we have some GUESSES … but we will wait for you to tell us more!

      Eric, we searched Middle Eastern cities in Google images and were very impressed with how beautiful they seem to be. Their architecture is very enhanced … and some of it looks VERY old. We know that there can be wealthy people and also less fortunate people in EVERY country. We even saw some AMAZING pictures of the shopping mall in Dubai … it is apparently the “shopping capital” of the Middle East … it looks more futuristic than modern … and it even looks wealthier than CALGARY!

      Thanks for the awesome comment, Eric … you really got us THINKING … we had to do some research to learn a little more!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  2. Homa Tavangar

    Dear Global Grade 3’s,
    I love this post about the Convention on the Rights of the Child. You really get it! Many adults around the world, even those with important jobs, have not heard of this vital document. But others have, and it’s made a difference in millions of children’s lives. The fact that you’re writing about it, researching its implications and meanings is really great. I think your efforts serve as a wonderful example of what a great education looks like! Kudos!!

    Have you heard of the UNICEF book “A Life Like Mine?” It’s a terrific look at elements of the Convention on the Rights Child, through real kids’ eyes, and it’s one of my favorites.

    You guys, and your wonderful, dedicated teacher, Mrs. Renton, really rock!!

    Best wishes,
    Homa Tavangar
    author, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World

    • The Battalion Hawk Bloggers

      Hi Homa!

      Thanks for saying that you liked the post on the Convention of the Rights of the Child! It makes us feel a little sad to think that there are a lot of people around the world who DON’T know about this important document. Now that we have spent some time learning about the Convention on the Rights of the Child … we don’t think any of us will EVER forget it. We don’t think we’ll forget because it helps to keep children safe … and … it helps to make sure children’s NEEDS are being met!

      Before we read your comment, Mrs. Renton took a SNEAK peak … and, although NONE of us had ever heard of the UNICEF book “A Life Like Mine” … we spotted it on the shelf BEHIND Mrs. Renton while we were replying to you! We can’t wait to explore it … maybe it will even give us some more great ideas for BLOG posts! Thank you for suggesting it, Homa.

      After spending time learning a little more about UNICEF and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, MANY of us decided to take UNICEF collection envelopes out with us while we went trick-er-treating last night. We did a little research into the envelopes because Mrs. Renton told us that, when SHE was a kid, she used to take a BOX out for UNICEF collections! We discovered that UNICEF stands for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. After discovering that this money went to help children around the world, it became even MORE important for us to contribute … especially after our research into the Convention on the Rights of the Child!

      Thank you SO much for your compliment, Homa! We think YOU rock TOO! We hope you keep returning to our blog … we will be writing about our very FIRST Skype with Mosqoy founder, Ashli, VERY soon!

      The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 🙂

  3. AJ

    Hi guys!!

    I know that this is my SECOND time checking out the blog, but I can’t resist it.

    It’s SO cool knowing that we are the ONLY class in C.B.E. that has a blog! Don’t you?

    When are we going to make a blog post about the Skype with Ashli?

    best wishes,

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi AJ!

      Thank you so much for leaving another comment on the blog! I am SO glad that you are spending time checking it out when you are at home! I agree … it sure feels GOOD to know that we have the privilege of having the first classroom blog! Keep checking back because the blog post that we worked on for our Skype with Ashli should be up by Saturday at the VERY latest!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  4. Mrs. Adamson's Grade Three Class

    Hello Mrs. Renton and Class,

    We are really enjoying reading your Blog. You are doing an amazing job!! We like to hear what your students are thinking about when you discuss The Rights of the Child, as we too are Learning about the Rights of Children in our World.

    We were shocked to learn that not all children in the world have the same opportunities that we have here in Canada. We think all kids should have the right to go to school and get a good education, to have access to healthcare, to play and not have to work, to have clean drinking water and to have a home and good food.

    We can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to walk across grasslands for kilometers to fill a bucket of water. Can you?

    Grade Three,
    Room 2

    • AJ and Chris

      Hi Mrs. Adamson’s class!

      We are SO happy that you are checking out our blog! Thank you for the amazing comment! We would like to hear what is your favorite part of our blog?

      Some kids have to walk kilometers to get to school and most of the time, the teachers aren’t even there! Isn’t it weird?

      Even we can’t imagine walking across the grasslands either!

      Thank you for the honourable comment!

      AJ and Chris on the behalf of The Battalion Hawk Bloggers 😉

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