The Rights of the Child

In our current Social Studies unit, ‘Is it Fair?’, we’re focusing on the rights of every child. We’ve learned that every child, and every human being, has inalienable rights. That means that a person’s human rights should not be taken away.

The essential questions of our unit are:

What are our rights ?

Why are some children’s rights not met?
What can we do about it?

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As you can imagine, a discussion on children’s rights can spark some debate. We will be discussing issues like child labor and child soldiers, as well as the right to an education and discrimination. Along with our current reading unit on social issues, the students have become very interested in topical issues and current events. Many students are naturally empathetic and feel deeply for the children they read about or see in videos made by NGOs. You may find that your child wants to discuss these issues in more detail at home. If they are moved by the issues they may even want to take action.

Our essential question, ‘What can we do about it?’, encourages students to think about ways society can help, including organizations, governments and individuals. Your child may be keen to support these organizations, sponsor a child, donate money or even take action by helping out in the community or writing letters. I will be illustrating how helping out may mean volunteering time in an organization that helps underprivileged communities. Over the summer, I will be volunteering in a local village school, in Katuuso village, Uganda for an organization called School for Life. Every little bit counts, and ISB encourages all students to become caring global citizens. We would appreciate your support in your child’s endeavours if they do wish to take action. I do realize that many families are already committed to helping out in other ways, and many of you may have donated items to previous collections in the school. Please use your own discretion and support your child in a way you determine to be appropriate.

What are some ways we can help others whose rights are not protected?

Leave a comment to let us know how you would like to help others.

 

 



5 Responses to “Is It Fair?”

  1.   Firishta Says:

    Its not fair! Children have the rights to…
    1. Have a family
    2. Have some shelter (have a home)
    3. Play
    4. Be happy
    5. Drink and Eat
    And if any children don’t have even one of those things then its not fair! All the children in the world can have all of those things for free!

  2.   Suhani Says:

    Everyone should receive education and every child has the right to learn. I can help by donating books and stationary, such as pencils, erasers, and rulers. Everyone should be equal.

  3.   Suhani Says:

    Everyone should receive education and every child has the right to learn. I can help by donating books and stationary, such as pencils, erasers, and rulers. Everyone should be equal and have the same rights.

  4.   Momoka Says:

    I agree with Suhani and Firishita. I think at least every child needs, home, family, food, play time and education.
    Everyone in the world needs this. Every children in the world will need freedom,too.And if there is no freedom, someday, everything that was usual has to be snatched from our hands. Before that, we must do something about this.
    Or the world will be destroyed.

  5.   Lynette Says:

    I think every child should have the right to do anything they want to do. Adults should not force them to work for them or use them as slaves. Every child should be in schools learning and have a good education so that when they grow up they will get a job and live a happy life.

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