We investigate the UNICEF campaign to to teach children and remind governments about the rights of refugee children around the world.
A growing crisis
Cal Spellman reports for First News on how children are caught up in the world’s growing refugee crisis and what is being done to protect them.
There is an international agreement to protect all children. It is called ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’. It aims to ensure that every child, even those who are caught up in war, are properly looked after and helped.
The Rights of the Child
The convention says every child should have:
The right to a name and a nationality
The right to be listened to
The right to an education
The right to health
The right to news and information
Focus on Refugees
Almost 50 million children around the world are currently displaced and have been forced to leave their homes. UNICEF’s Outright campaign promotes the children’s rights ensrined in the convention and asks that all governments respect and protect them. This year’s theme is refugees. Our film explores how children in the UK with the help of UNICEF are learning about these rights and responsibilities.
Refugees and the work of UNICEF
You can read more UNICEF and the lives of refugee children here