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5. Understanding Child Rights

Split participants into groups of four and provide a flip chart to each group. Ask them to write down in bullet points what they do as adults for young children. For example, food, shelter, education, etc. Ask participants to note down as much as they can. Then, ask the following questions:

  • Why do you do it?

  • Why can’t children do it themselves?

  • What other organizations, institutions, community groups, etc. are doing this?

  • Why are they doing this?

Explain, “We are doing this because these are the rights of children and a child is unable to provide these things for him/herself. We should act for children in order to ensure that these rights are met.” Ask the group to come up with a definition of what they think child rights are.

Explain that child rights can be divided into the following four categories:

Make and print cards for the following list of rights and ask participants to place them under the correct category.

After placing the cards under the correct categories, ask participants to reflect on how their original collages reflect these rights. Pose the question, “Does your collage represent the survival/protection/ development/participation rights of a child?”

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