Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Happy Human Rights Day!
The last few years, I have shared this list with my kids. It always leads to lively discussion especially about the RIGHT to play:)
DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF A CHILD (1959)
Plain language version
All children have the right to what follows, no matter what their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, or where they were born or who they were born to.
You have the special right to grow up and to develop physically and spiritually in a healthy and normal way, free and with dignity.
You have a right to a name and to be a member of a country.
You have the right to special care and protection and to good food, housing and medical services.
You have the right to special care if handicapped in any way.
You have the right to love and understanding, preferably from parents and family, but from the government where these cannot help.
You have the right to go to school for free, to play, and to have an equal chance to develop yourself and to learn to be responsible and useful.
Your parents have special responsibilities for your education and guidance.
You have the right always to be among the first to get help.
You have the right to be protected against cruel acts or exploitation, e.g. you shall not be obliged to do work which hinders your development both physically and mentally.
You should not work before a minimum age and never when that would hinder your health, and your moral and physical development.
You should be taught peace, understanding, tolerance and friendship among all people.