Next week Monday (November 20th) will mark the commemoration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history since 1989. According to The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children, the CRC has made a remarkable difference in the lives of millions of children across the globe.
However, permitting to UNICEF, an organization that works for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone across 190 countries and territories, this historic milestone must serve both as an urgent reminder of the millions of children whose rights are not realized and also provide an opportunity to renew our commitment to reach every child, especially the most disadvantaged.
“As a result, UNICEF will host a social dialogue between leaders of Children’s Consultative Forum (CCF) and local political parties on 18th November 2017 at the Ave Maria in Gaborone slated for 1430hrs. The “Ngwana yo o sa leleng” dialogue will focus on the inclusion of children’s key issue on the party manifestos as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections. The session will be attended by children from 16 districts across the country and key decision makers from various local political parties. The dialogue will be followed by a mentorship walk which will be co-led by Honorable Bogolo Kenewendo and Minister of Basic Education, Honorable Dr.Unity Dow,” said UNICEF Head of External Communications & Advocacy, Tuduetso Kelapile.
A communique from UNICEF said on 20th November from 2pm-5pm, children from different schools around the country, will join a Facebook takeover to raise their voices against drug and alcohol abuse in Botswana.
Furthermore, UNICEF noted that the commemoration of CRC serves as an urgent reminder that much still remains to be done.
“Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. Its four main principles are;
- Best interest: the child’s best interest must be a primary consideration in all decisions affecting him or her
- Non-discrimination or universality; all children have rights regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
- Life, survival and development: all children have a right to life and to survive and develop-physically, mentally, spiritually, morally and psychologically to their full potential
- Respect for the views of the child: children have the right to express themselves freely on matters that affect them and to have their views taken seriously.”
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org.