Happy 20th Anniversary!

In 1989 The Convention on the Rights of the Child became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.- UNICEF

Today is such a special day; not just to myself but for all children. Today marks the 20th anniversary for the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). If you ask anyone know truly knows me, they would tell you that I am very passionate about helping children*  and in helping them create a better future for themselves. It is very important to realize that many children do not even know that they have rights. With their vulnerability and lack of knowledge, millions of children are taken advantage of every single day. No matter what excuse one might have, no one, be it a child or adult, is allowed to have their rights taken away. This has to stop and we have to educate ourselves in order to help change this cycle.
It is definitely very unfortunate when a child cannot choose their own future because their surroundings have marked their territory in the child's life in order to implement the misery and insecurity that they have suffered. Even though no convention or organization is perfect, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has made its mark in an amazing and very effective way. I have been studying about the CRC in my Interdisciplinary Studies class as well as my Child Studies class this semester. All I have to say is that I am truly honored to have such an amazing education so that I can help children one day in paving their way for a better future. 

*(note: according to Article 1 of the CRC, a Child is anyone under the age of 18 years old)

"This 20th anniversary of the CRC reminds us, most of all, of what we have left to do. The Convention demands a revolution that places children at the heart of human development – not only because this offers a strong return on our investment (although it does) nor because the vulnerability of childhood calls upon our compassion (although it should), but rather for a more fundamental reason: because it is their right."  -UNICEF

For more information on the Convention of the Rights of the Child such as facts, history and how you can contribute, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/index.html  
Too cuteee! :)

Sources: http://www.unicef.org/rightsite/237
Sources: http://www.siiaonline.org/files/hands.jpg
Sources: http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/Rights_of_the_Child.JPG
Sources: http://myupperwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/kids-laughing.jpg


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