Back to the Roots
For any building to stand tall, its foundation must be well constructed, equal in quality and measures. The same applies for communities as well. In order to build a strong, resilient and harmonious community, children should be the starting point. 29 years ago today, the Convention on the Rights of Children was adopted with the aim of meeting children’s basic needs and providing a suitable environment for them to reach their potential.
A child is any person below the age of 18, that’s about 30% of the world population (around 2.25 billion). Every child is born with a sacred set of rights, that are guaranteed whatever their race, religion or abilities; whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from. Among these rights is the right to education.
Education represents an essential process to equip children with skills, develop their abilities and build their unique personalities so that they can grow to become an effective part of their communities contributing to its stability and cohesion. Children, by nature, like to explore their surroundings figuring out the world they live in, however, at some point this exploring process should be regulated to achieve maximum productivity, and here comes the role of schools.
School is one of the most influential institutions in children’s lives, second to family and home as the foundation on which they build their futures. School, should be a place where children feel free to unleash their imagination and express themselves.It should be a place where children feel safe as they are, without having to hide any aspect of their personality and without feeling ashamed for any reason. Schools should teach children to embrace their diversity.
As we commemorate Universal Children’s Day, we have to remember that the 20th of November also marks International Trans Remembrance Day. LGBTI and especially trans children can be particularly vulnerable to targeted acts of violence by their peers. These include bullying, exclusion from using necessary facility, disregard of their identity, dignity and life. How to fight these violations is by education in schools and within the family.
Changing the world is a thousand miles journey, and the first step is to go back to the roots, to protect and promote children’s rights and to empower them to be future change makers. Together, let us build a world fit for children, where they are in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential, because “in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity”.
Are you excited to start the change, to BE the change?
Well, to start with, sign the petition below and #GoBlue with UNICEF to call on world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge that these rights are non-negotiable.
In hope of a better world for every child… for everyone.
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- Youth Action for a Healthy Future for All! | Universal Health Coverage Day 2022
- Join the IFMSA Journey! 3rd call for International Teams for the term 2022/2023
- IFMSA Delegation at Open Education Conference 2021