Articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: May 28, 2014
United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children
Nearly 25 years ago, the United Nations passed a document, the Convention on the Rights of Children, outlining the rights of every child around the world.
Article 29 of the Convention outlines that children should be prepared for a life of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons.
Article 31 of the Convention outlines that children have the right to relax and play, and to join a wide range of […] recreational activities.
Why outline these two specific articles? Both outline the need to ensure children are allowed to play and participate in a wide range of recreational activities (i.e., this is every child’s right). Secondly, while participating, sport administrators, coaches, volunteers, and other stakeholders involved in children’s recreation/leisure/sport must ensure children get a learning component out of their participation (thus, the content of Article 29).
It is not just enough to offer children opportunities to participate in recreational activities (and the arts and cultural activities). While participating, we must ensure children are safe from discrimination themselves. Also, participation integrates children into their communities. This can help their development in living a life that is full of understanding, and the nurturance of diversity and different ethnicities, and peoples.
A Call to Action
Is the Government of Canada, provincial, and municipal governments ensuring these two rights of children are met? It is difficult to say. This is why it is important for citizens to contact their local government representative (e.g., Member of Parliament, Member of Provincial Parliament/Legislature, council person, mayor, etc) and review the government’s current legislations and laws. Canada is a beautiful country, and a large part of this vibrancy is due to the care of our children. We must ensure governments continue to protect children for today and for the Canada of tomorrow.
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Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom and virtually in Canada, and is a proud introvert and silent leader. He has travelled to nearly 50 major and global cities around the world, and has worked with universities, non-profits, consulting firms, and sports organizations. He has family and friends in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his travels, work, projects, and thoughts on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications). For more about some of immediate day-to-day work, visit www.okanaganathlete.com.