This past week, during Children's Book Week, we have been hearing about the imaginative power of books. But for there to even be books in our children's hands -- books to summon wonder, kindle curiousity, feed a hungry imagination, or soothe "a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day" -- some fundamental things should ideally be in place for all children. The United Nations realized, soon after its founding, that it had to make some effort to guarantee children certain rights, just as governments granted them to their fully enfranchised, adult citizens. And so, over forty years ago this week, the UN announced its Declaration of Children's Rights as an attempt to raise international consciousness and ultimately to effect international actions. This has since become the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child. November 20th is the UN's Universal Children's Day, and every year at this time, we reflect on the fact that these rights are still so often and so sadly ignored. We would like to add what we can to the awareness of the need to continue to work to protect children around the world, in order to transform these ideals into realities. Here, then, are those first Rights of the Child, read by the children of our area:
The right to affection, love and understanding
United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/k2crc.htm
Copyright 2005© John Cech
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