Today is World Children's Day and all around the globe we will look at protecting and improving the rights of children. After School Hub features a kids' takeover and we will hear lots more about this really important day.

What are Children's Rights?

Children’s rights are the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

These rights include the rights to an education, to play, to access health care, to have a voice, to be protected from violence and abuse and to have an adequate standard of living.

All children have the same rights. No matter where they live or who they are.No matter their race. No matter their sex or any other status.

All children in Ireland, and around the world, have the same rights – the right to survive, to thrive and to fulfil their potential.

 

Adopted on November 20th 1989, 30 years ago this year, the Convention on the Rights of the Child or CRC, recognised that while children are entitled to the same human rights as adults, they also have specific rights that recognise their special needs and evolving capacities.

Children are neither the property of their parents nor are they helpless objects of charity. They are human beings and are the subject of their own rights. The Convention provides the legal and moral framework for all of UNICEF's work.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the world's most ratified human rights treaty and Ireland ratified the CRC in 1992. 

 

The impact of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hard-won gains to protect and advance children’s rights are being threatened.

The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has soared by 15 per cent to approximately 1.2 billion worldwide; at least 24 million children risk dropping out of school, and thousands of children could die every day if the pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services.

Restricted movement and school closures have also cut children off from teachers, friends and communities leaving them at increased risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. 

For more events and activities related to World Childen's Day check out this site: www.childrensday.ie

Tune in to After School Hub today for a kids' takeover of the show on RTÉ2 at 3.20pm!