RIGHTS OF CHILDREN
Child rights are fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights
of all human beings below the age of 18. These rights apply to every child, irrespective
of the child's parent's / legal guardian's race, color, sex, creed or other status.
The essential message is equality of opportunity. Girls should be given the same opportunities as boys. ALL children should have the same rights and should be given the same opportunity to enjoy an adequate standard of living.
Child rights maybe broadly classified as the rights of all children to:
Why are child rights important?
Children are innocent, trusting and full of hope. Their childhood should be joyful
and loving. Their lives should mature gradually, as they gain new experiences. But
for many children, the reality of childhood is altogether different.
Right through history, children have been abused and exploited. They suffer from hunger and homelessness, work in harmful conditions, high infant mortality, deficient health care and limited opportunities for basic education, A child need not live such a life. Childhood can and must be preserved. Children have the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact their lives.
Basic rights on all children across the world:
the right to survival - to life, health, nutrition, name and nationality
the right to development - to education, care, leisure, recreation
the right to protection - from exploitation, abuse, neglect
the right to participation - to expression, information, thought and religion