Canadian Child and Youth Advocates, in partnership with leading Canadian non-governmental organizations, are proud to present Child Rights Education Week in Canada. Building upon the success of the previous two years, the national campaign will engage Canadians across the country in the promotion and protection of children’s rights.
Child Rights Education Week (CREW) in Canada is celebrated annually during the third week of November (week of November 20th) to promote, educate the public about, and engage Canadians in activities and conversations that highlight children’s rights. CREW celebrations have had the effect of raising broad-based awareness across Canadian communities about the collective duty we have to ensure that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is reflected in our laws, policies, and practices in government, community and in the home.
This year CREW is focusing on Article 4 and Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which discuss governments’ responsibility to promote and protect children's rights and their right to be heard. Your help is needed in celebrating Child Rights Education Week.
Starting November 1 until the 26 you can participate in the conversation about Child Rights. Young people and children are engaging in a national social media campaign using #MyRightsCRC and #RightToBeHeard. They're posting pictures, videos, and quotes answering these questions: What does your ideal Canada look like? Do you feel your rights are being respected? What would make the world a better place?
Childrens' rights should be respected. As Canadian children's rights will be examined next year by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the conversation is just starting.
Do you know that the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children will be submitting an alternative report to the United Nations discussing how Canada is doing in regard to Child Rights in Canada. You can get involved. We encourage you to learn more about the alternative and periodic reports.
As in previous years, we have developed a national website to provide you with educational resources on Child Rights. These activities were designed by partner organizations for your class. Take advantage of these play-based activities, designed for teachers and community members, which include opportunities for active play discussion, arts-based programming, and personal reflection.
In 1989, the United Nations adopted a treaty called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC says that all children have rights and that everyone in the world is responsible for making sure that these rights are protected. Each one of the rights is as important as the others, and they are all connected to each other. Four of these rights are also called “general principles” because they help us understand all of the other rights under the Convention. Those rights are (1) non-discrimination, (2) best interests of the child, (3) maximum survival and development, and (4) participation.
The right to be heard can mean a lot of things, for example, the right to be heard when decisions are taken that have an impact on you. It also includes the right to be heard when you want to express an opinion, your frustration or your enthusiasm, the right to be heard by the adults that surround you but also by the other children and youth in your life.