Emphasizing Education on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The advocacy of
UNICEF is to protect every child. They believe that each one of them are
entitled to have water, food, shelter, clothing, health care, education and a
safety environment to live for. The UNICEF supports the United Nations’
Convention on the Human Rights of the Child and works to hold the international
community to be responsible to the welfare of the children. The convention
provides a complete set of guiding principle that fundamentally shapes the way
in which we view children.
Department of UNICEF UK has regionally-based staff all throughout the country
that provides free in-services training to teachers, governor and young people
about the relevance and content of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of
the Child to their school and everyday lives as well as the children worldwide.
All children are
entitled to have equal rights and they also should know how to perceive each
right. They must learn to respect other people’s rights and value it just like
what is being impose to them. But according to the conventions’ principles, the
understanding of the children upon this issue may vary on the age of the child.
In this case, the guidance of the parents is still very important as they are
the one who can initiate these things to their children in a manner that they
would appreciate and understand.
UN Convention on the Rights of
It was in 1989, when the
government decided that there should be separate rights that will be impose
among children. The world leaders believe that they are also entitled to receive
a special human right law because their need is not the same as adults do. The
articles of the Convention may be categories into four set of guiding
principles. First is the Guiding Principle, which represents the underlying
requirements of all rights to be realized. This includes the non-discrimination,
right to participate, adherence to the best interest of the child, right to
life, survival and development.
The second category
is the Survival and Development Right. This category comprises all the necessary
things that a child needs in order to survive. Adequate food, clean water,
clothing, shelter, health care, formal education, recreation, leisure, cultural
activities and other information about their identity which includes their name,
nationality and religion.
Protection Right is
the third category. This category includes anything that involves safety of the
children. They have the right to be protected from harm and all forms of
violence like child labor, child abuse, and child trafficking to name a few.
The last category
is the Participation Rights. Even if there are still minors, they are also
entitled to express their thoughts and opinions about certain matters that can
affect their lives, socially, economically, culturally and politically. Their
voice needs to be heard at a certain point. At the same time all these things
would only be possible with the proper guidance of their parents. Their presence
would be a great factor affecting the child’s idea and reasoning about certain
At first, the
conventions rights may seem to be complicated for children to understand.
However, this is the reason why they still encourage parents and older persons
to somehow devote more time on kids especially in providing them the things that
they need and the things that they need to understand. The way they perceive
things situations depends on their age. Of course, younger kids may really find
it difficult to grasp the idea being impose unto them. Hence, guidance of the
parents is one of the essential tools on how to make it possible for the kids to
understand the rights implemented to them.
Ratification on the Convention
The UNICEF UK,
being one of the 36 National Committees of UNICEF, that already extends their
support to the convention. The United Kingdom also expresses their support by
ratifying the convention in December 1991. The government tends to submit
reports on the Committee to show them the progressions of the situation
concerning the child’s right in their country. With this, the United Nation can
easily foresight the activities being held upon regarding the welfare of their
children. The report consists of three parts which focuses on the United
Kingdoms’ growth on implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the
summaries of the whole progress made by each territory and lastly the annexes.
Right to Education
Part of the rights
being implemented by the UN Convention is the equality of the children to have a
proper form of education. However, in this particular matter, there are many
factors that can affect the right of each child to have a quality education.
During the pre-compulsory school age, a child is already encouraged to go to
school and have a formal form of education. However, in some cases, this
practice is not applicable.
Number one cause is
poverty. Children born in poor countries find it hard to enter school because of
this insufficiency. Even the parents are incapable enough of providing something
for there kids that’s why the children tend to work at an early age just to have
something to provide not only for their needs but as well as their whole family.
That’s why wealthy countries like United Kingdom can extend their help among
these children as part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child drive for
free proper education.
Children who have also encountered such unfavorable phenomenon at an
early age also find it difficult to enter school. Kids who have been a victim of
child abuse, war and AIDS carrier cannot find enough confidence to be at a
normal school mingling with other kids. It was such really a big burden for them
not to have a normal life. The UN also wanted to provide something for children
who have been a victim of devastating events like this and they want them to
have a normal life again just like other children. However, this wouldn’t be
possible without the help of the countries like United Kingdom.
Method of Education
The capability of each child depends on his or her mental capacity. In
regards with this, a proper method of teaching should be imposed depending on
the nature of the behavior of the kid as well as their manner of perceiving
things. In the early 20th century, one method was utilized to help
kids learn in a way that is easy for them. The Montessori Method that was
founded by an Italian educator named Maria Montessori provides an easy way on
educating children. The method stresses the significance of adapting the child’s
learning environment to his or her developmental level. They discourage the
traditional way of measuring the achievements of the child such as with the use
of exams and the grading system. For them it will just damage the inner growth
of the child. They focus more on the needs of the child and also advocates the
This method of teaching is somehow
appropriate to the children who have been engage in random situations of their
life at an early age. With this they gain their confidence back and slowly they
can adapt on their environment again.
Every individual deserves to have a privileged and so are the children in
our nation. These kids are the descendants of the next generations that is why
we should be able to provide them all the necessary things that they need while
they are still young. The adults are essential in shaping their future, to
become who they want to be and what they want to be. Let us not take things for
granted and as early as now it would be better to come up with things that will
further enrich their beings.
There are many organizations world
wide that render this type of services, not only the UNICEF that was also part
of the United Nations. It is the goal of the Convention to emphasize the worth
of freedom among the children now a day because more and more minors are being
subjected to a lot of things that they shouldn’t be engage with at an early age.
In our own little ways we can help these kids. It doesn’t mean that we have to
be a part of any organization, just ourselves is enough to help them. As the
older ones, we serve as their guidance to the path where they want to go, the
encouragement that we can give and the time that we can share with them while
listening to their thoughts and ideas is a big factor that will enhance them to
be on the right track.
Convention on the Rights of the Children.
(2008). Encyclopedia,Retrieved July 8, 2008, from
Montessori Method. (2008).
Encyclopedia,Retrieved July 8, 2008, from
UNICEF. (n.d.). United Nation Convention on the
Rights of the Child, Retrieved July 8, 2008, from http://
UNICEF UK. (n.d.). Unite for Children, Retrieved
July 8, 2008, from http://