Key principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
The CRC consists of 54 articles and is guided by four fundamental principles:
Non-discrimination. Children should neither benefit nor suffer because of their race, colour, gender, language, religion, national, social or ethnic origin, or because of any political or other opinion; because of their caste, property or birth status; or because they are disabled.
The best interests of the child. Laws and actions affecting children should put their best interests first and benefit them in the best possible way.
Survival, development and protection. The authorities in each country must protect children and help ensure their full development — physically, spiritually, morally and socially.
Participation. Children have a right to have their say in decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.
Coffs Harbour Public School has an extremely diverse student population who are all recognised for the wonderful individual strengths and culture they bring to our school. Our school recognises that ALL our students have the right to learn in a place that is nurturing, safe and provides them with challenges that equip them to be active participants in society and have their voice heard. We also acknowledge that all children in Australia have this right and are very thankful that we live in a country that celebrates and recognises the 54 Articles that makes up the CRC. There are many children in the world who do not have their rights valued.
Recently Mrs Booth came across this fantastic video, made by UNICEF, focussing on the brother and sister pair Jack and Ruby as they explore the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She emailed UNICEF and gained permission to use it on our school blog. Thanks UNICEF For more information and resources parents and teachers can go here:Talk to your children about rights and responsibilities .
Click on each of these web books to read about the articles that make up children’s rights