Stand Up for Child Rights
The theme is a salute to the UN’s theme celebrating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – “Stand Up for Human Rights.” The UDHR itself is a landmark document that has uplifted the dignity of people around the world; prevented the human suffering of millions; and laid the foundations of a more just world. Its adoption has led to the promulgation of other human rights conventions, covenants, and optional protocols, including the UNCRC.
On 20 November 1989, representatives of member states of the United Nations gathered at the UN headquarters to adopt an international agreement that would bind states parties to a set of standards pertaining to the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of children. The international agreement adopted was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most adopted international human rights treaty in history. Since it was adopted in 1989, 196 countries have signed up to the UNCRC, with only two countries still to ratify.
The UNCRC defines the child as a person below 18 years of age. Our students, just like all the children of the world, enjoy the same rights regardless of their race, color, sex, language, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, or nationality. They enjoy the same rights regardless of their abilities, what they think or say, or what type of family they come from. Their rights should be respected and they should be protected against all forms of discrimination.
The UNCRC consists of 54 articles detailing different types of rights and actions that governments need to do in order to protect and fulfill child rights. As an educational institution respecting child rights, LBASS commits itself to meeting our students’ basic right to quality education that is meaningful and relevant and will help them reach their full potential. LBASS commits itself to doing what is best for its students, keeping in mind their best interests especially when making decision on matters that may affect them.
As children are humans with rights, highlighting child rights as its core value of focus this school year aligns LBASS with the international campaign to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards the Declaration has helped establish. LBASS joins the global community in declaring:
“We will respect your rights regardless of who you are. We will uphold your rights even when we disagree with you.
When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone’s rights are undermined, so we will STAND UP.
We will raise our voices. We will take action. We will use our rights to stand up for your rights.”
United, let us all make a better world possible by standing up and respecting, protecting, and fulfilling child rights!
Welcome to SY 2018 – 2019!
Romel R. Obinario
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
OHCHR – Stand Up for Human Rights
Save the Children (UK)
UN Children’s Fund
Children’s Rights Alliance (Ireland)
Articles from Other People
Leaves of Grace
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