Happy World Children’s Day!
Thirty years ago, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly to protect the right of all children, everywhere, to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect. It is also highlights the rights of children to education, to express their own opinions and to participate in decisions that concern them.
For me personally, eleven years after, my parents bought a set of computer back home. Ours was the first in the village. They told me that this device is the future and I like to play and learn from it since then. Little did I know that this computer really helped me in shaping who I am right now, not only allowed me to learn how to use the latest technology and helped me to find volunteering opportunities online, but also introduce me to a whole new world beyond my hometown, Kerinci. It introduces me to my passion that turns into my profession as well as expanding my imagination, just like when I know Star Wars and Harry Potter for the first time.
I am forever grateful with their trust and opportunity in life and education. This is the case when supportive environments are the cornerstone for the realization of children’s rights and one of the key in ensuring children to reach their full potential.
Thirty years on, the CRC is still the same but the childhood are different. Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted, forced to flee brutal conflict and extreme poverty. Many children driven from their homes by violence or deprivation and forced to make difficult and dangerous journeys abroad, and children who are out of school and don’t know when they might return.
We need the world leaders to rally once more to renew their commitments and to take urgent action to child rights needed to address these emerging threats.
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