A Fairer World
Children engage in a project for a world where their rights are respected
In a world that sometimes seems adrift, it is important to remember a few fundamentals: every child has the right to life and protection, to live with dignity, to express opinions, to have access to education and social security. The rights of the child are basic rights, unconditional rights that all countries should respect. Yet these rights continue to be violated, in different ways and to varying degrees in different countries.
In order to help improve the situation, our Swiss NGO, Enfants du Monde, is working with schools in Switzerland and elsewhere, inviting children aged 6 to 12 to discover their rights in relation to their social and cultural context, and to put into practice concrete solutions in response to them while raising awareness among the general public and in the political world. This approach is also adopted for education on sustainable development, which makes it possible to cover broader issues and interactions.
By participating in the project A Fairer World, children become spokespersons for their rights, creatively expressing what a world would mean to them in which the rights of the child and the principles of development are respected.
Carlo Santarelli, Secretary General of Enfants du Monde, said: “The new generation reminds us of these fundamental rights with energy and engagement. This project thus becomes above all a platform for all children who seek a fairer and more harmonious world, as well as for ourselves. A world where the rights of the child and of all human beings are not only promoted but also and above all respected, now and for future generations.”
Discovery of rights and creation of a Giant Globe
Using the A Fairer World education pack (available in French only), including a teacher's guide, student sheets, and a wide choice of teaching and learning materials and various resources, schoolchildren discover their rights as well as the main issues linked to implementing them in their community and around the world. Afterwards, they take a photo of a right that is close to their hearts and this will be displayed on a Giant Globe (1.5 metre high) along with 5,000 other photos of students from different countries around the world.
At the Giant Globe exhibition at the Palais des Nations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna, Chairman of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, remarked that the Giant Globe "is an effective method of drawing attention to the fact that children have rights and of highlighting the importance of implementing these rights."