Learn about Child Rights

 

Did you know that every child has the right to rest, relax, play and express opinions? 

Children have may rights, like the right to life, safety, family idenity, expression and potection from violence among many others.

All children the world over have the same rights. For children to reach their full potential and have the best possible future, their rights need to be protected and realised.

 

Q1: What is United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations in 1989. It is the first legally binding international instrument incorporating the full range of human rights for children. It articulates the full complement of civil, political, cultural, social and economic rights for all children. Currently, 196 countries, almost every member of the United Nations except United States, have ratified CRC.  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child(CRC) came into force in Hong Kong in 1994, and its provisions continue to apply to Hong Kong after the establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child  is an international legal commiment by world leaders to protect every child and to fulfill their rights.

 

Q2: Who is a child?

A person under 18.

 

Q3: Why do we single out child rights in a separate human rights Convention?

Because…

   
 

Children are individuals. They have equal status as members of the human family.
 

   

 

Children start life as totally dependent beings. Children must rely on adults for the nurture and guidance they need to grow towards independence.
 

   
 

The actions, or inactions, of government impact children more strongly than any other group in society.

   

 

Children’s views are rarely heard and considered in the political process. Children generally do not vote and do not take part in political processes.
 

   

 

Many changes in society are often having a negative impact on children, e.g. transformation of the family structure, globalization and a shrinking social welfare net.
 

    

 

The healthy development of children is crucial to the future well-being of any society. Because they are still developing, children are especially vulnerable to poor living conditions.
 

      
 

The costs to society of failing its children are huge. Social research findings show that children's earliest experiences significantly influence their future development. The course of their development determines their contribution, or cost, to society over the course of their lives.

 

 

Q4: What are the rights under CRC?

The articles of the CRC can be grouped into four categories of rights.

     
Survival 

Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival.


Protection

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.


Development

Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation.


Participation

Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources. Their opinions have to be heard and given proper consideration.


If you wish to request a hardcopy of the child right educational resources, please fill in the request form.

 

 

 

 

 



Teaching Material Download
Booklet of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Publish Year: 2019
Pages: 10

The brochure summarizes the articles and general principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in simple language. It’s suitable to post it in your school’s walls or as the teaching materials in the classrooms.

Relevant Curriculum:
- General Studies: Social and Civic Education
- Integrated Humanities: Personal and Social Development
- Life and Society: Child Rights
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Poster of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Child-friendly version)

Publish Year: 2019
Size: A2

UNICEF published a new child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Poster! The poster summarizes the articles of UNCRC in simple language. It’s suitable to post it in your school’s walls or as the teaching materials in the classrooms.
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Poster of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Simplified Version)

Publish Year: 2019
Size: A2

The A2 poster summarizes the 4 categories of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s suitable to post it in your school’s walls or as the teaching materials in the classrooms.

Relevant Curriculum:
- General Studies: Social and Civic Education
- Integrated Humanities: Personal and Social Development
- Life and Society: Child Rights
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Activity Book for Children

The Activity Book is designed for parent and children to enjoy, while also learning about children's rights,

Publish Year: 2020
Pages: 12

Target: Children aged 3-6 and their parents
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Educational Activity Library: To Know about Child Rights

Publish Year: 2011
Pages: 23

The booklet provides activities for students to understand the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 4 basic children’s rights to survival, protection, development and participation.

Relevant Curriculum:
- General Studies: Social and Civic Education
- Integrated Humanities: Personal and Social Development
- Life and Society: Child Rights
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Child Rights Education: Study on Hong Kong Implementation

Publish Year: 2016
Pages: 8

Relevant Curriculum:
- Life and Society: Child Rights
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