In 1979, the country of Poland presented a document to the United Nations’ General Assembly. Poland wanted to create a document to better protect children around the world. Ten years later, after much work, the General Assembly passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, 1989. The CRC is the first document that is specifically designed to protect children and that gives them certain rights. It was so popular that the CRC became the fastest approved document ever. Today, only two countries have not signed the CRC – Somalia and the United States.
What Are Your Rights?
- You have the right to a name. (Article 7).
What is your name?
- You have the right to be loved and cared for. (Articles 9, 10, 18, 19, 20, 21).
You can be cared for by your family, relatives, friends, or anyone approved to be your guardian.
- You have the right to be healthy and go to the doctor when you are sick. (Article 24).
Gulliver doesn’t like being sick. When he’s sick He drinks tea with honey and lemon and stays in bed.
- You have the right to learn and go to school. (Article 28).
What do you like to study? Gulliver likes geography and soccer. His hardest subject is French. It is a very difficult language for turtles to learn. Did you know there are lots of kids who are not able to go to school? To learn more about them, click here
- You have the right to play. (Article 31).
Gulliver’s favorite game is hide and seek.
Did you know that you had so many rights?
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