Yes, you read that right. Just like we all do, children have rights too. According to Wikipedia, “rights” means a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way. Most of us don’t know the basics, do we? So let’s start at the very beginning. When the Declaration of Geneva was adopted after the First World War in 1924, child’s rights started to be recognized. The Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 defines the word ‘child’ as such:
“…a child is any human being below the age of eighteen years, unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier”.
In simpler form, it just means kids below 18 years old. Now, to the more pressing issue. What are children’s rights? When a child is entitled to be provided with something, but is denied the opportunity, it’s actually against the law.
- Food & water
- An adequate standard of living
- Being protected from abuse and harm
These are basic needs of any child across the globe, and today, we are here to help people understand and spread awareness on child’s rights. Now, let’s get into the details. One at a time. Today, we’ll talk about the rights to health and the rights to education.
Health is indispensably significant for each and every one on earth, and kids are no exception. Though the rights to good health may vary across the globe and cannot be guaranteed by some countries, children are entitled to apt healthcare provided by the government of their respectable countries. This is to ensure children enjoy the best state of health, it’s their rights after all. Newborn babies and also teenagers who are more prone to sexual illnesses are entitled to get proper healthcare attention.
Education, as we all know, is the key to life. Growing up without proper education in this 21st century is totally unacceptable, or I would say, absurd. Education should be accessible by children worldwide without discrimination and we, as child advocates, should speak up and stand up for children. They are the future of this world. Being provided with proper education, is one thing, ensuring the quality and conduciveness in terms of environment and facilities or aiding tools/ supporting materials for the educational journey, is another. Good education leads to the birth of great leaders.
These two thus encompass the points we intend to get across via this article. We do hope you are now beginning to understand (if you haven’t already understood) what children are entitled to, health and education wise, at least. We, at The Child Awareness Project, strive to give our 100% to informing in hopes of it being our way of making the world a better place to live in. I, on behalf of my team would like to thank and congratulate each and everyone of you for your attention and support. Do look out for our next article!
Understanding the basics gives us the chance to explore deeper into this topic, venture all the corners and finally gives us the opportunity to do the right thing, stand up for the kids.
What is a child’s right? Know them. Demand them. Defend them.
Empower children to secure their rights.Thank you.
Bavaani Priya @ Preemikha
Written Content Manager
The Child Awareness Project
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