Child Rights Education Week 2014

Let's celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Child Rights Education Week (CREW) engages schools, government, community organizations, children and families, in the celebration of children’s rights.

Have a look at the Child Rights Education Week events in New Brunswick

New resources for children, parents, teachers and educators

1. Learn about Children’s rights : a new Website for the CREW national campaign

For more information on children's rights and access to educational resources for classroom use, please consult the new Website of the Child Rights Education Week created by the Child and Youth Advocate in partnership with other Canadian Child and Youth advocates and leading Canadian non-governmental organizations.

2. Gift for schools in celebration of the anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

The Child and Youth advocate  is pleased to offer to every school in New Brunswick a UNICEF large format poster of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in plain language to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on November 20th.

3. Child and Youth Advocate and Bullying Prevention Week

Have a look at our newsletter making the connection between the themes of the Week bullying prevention and the articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child: 25 years already

This year's Child Rights Education Week aims to highlight the 25th anniversary of adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It recognizes and protects, in 54 articles, the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the child.

Equal, protected and participating

Activities will revolve around the four guiding principles of the Convention:

  • Non-discrimination (Article 2): the Convention protects all children regardless of their gender, language, culture, disability or other discrimination;
  • Respect for the best interests of the child (Article 3): children must be protected and all decisions concerning them ought to respect their welfare;
  • The right to life, survival and development (Article 6): to guarantee the right to live their childhood and to grow up in the best conditions.
  • The right of children to give their opinion (Article 12): the right to participate in decisions that affect them taking into account their age and maturity;

Did you know that the Convention has been ratified by almost every country in the world including Canada? Indeed, to date, only three countries have not ratified it.


Launch of the State of the Child report: November 18th

This year’s State of the Child report is aimed to highlight the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the rights of the child and will focus on the four guiding principles.

The Child and Youth Advocate and the New Brunswick Health Council are proud to jointly release a Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Framework that offers a statistical analysis of the development, health, and well-being of our children and youth.

The Child and Youth Advocate will launch the report during a legislative breakfast November 18, 2014 .


Register Your Event

Over the last three years, the Child and Youth Advocate’s office has been organizing an annual Child Rights Education Week (CREW) which engages government, community organizations, children and families in the celebration of children’s rights.

On November 20, 2014, National Children's Day, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is the first international human rights treaty that recognized the child as a rights holder whose rights should be protected.

November 17 to 23, 2014

This year you can help make Child Rights Education Week a success! As part of our week-long celebration, we encourage you to create and plan your own unique events and activities that promote and highlight the way that we can work together with, and on behalf of, children. Most importantly, let us know how you will promote, advocate and defend the rights and interests of New Brunswick children and youth. As we develop a Child Rights Education Week website, we will gladly promote and support your organization’s activity or event.

For example, you can:

  • Host an event (presentation, open-house, exhibit, activity day, concert, day theme for school etc.)
  • Plan an excursion (swimming pool, skating rink, art gallery, library etc.)
  • Write a letter (opinion, editorial, peer-to-peer, etc.)
  • Develop a campaign or a contest (fundraiser, online awareness, parade/march, flashmob etc.)

How you will promote, advocate and defend the rights and interests of New Brunswick children? Do you already have activities planned for the week, are they linked to children rights? Let us know.

Register your Child Rights Education Week event and we will gladly promote it on our website.

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