Children’s Day 2020
Friday 20th Nov.
From the Museum’s Children’s Rights Team.
Professor Justyna Deszck-Tryhubczak
Dr Fiona Donson
Dr Sheila Long
Dr Gabriella Martinez Sainz
With very special thanks to volunteers Deylla Thalyta Fogaça and Vanessa Sueishi for all their help with Children’s Day 2020
1.Children with an imprisoned family member are largely unseen & unheard in society. Yet they are often particularly vulnerable and stigmatised. The UNCRC requires that their best interests are protected and that they don’t suffer discrimination. #ChildrenOfPrisoners #WorldChildrensDay #ChildRights
2.Every child has the right to play. Article 31 specifies that children have the right to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child. It is our responsibility to promote it. On this Children’s Day, raise awareness for the importance of play. #WorldChildrensDay #RightToPlay
3. Every child has the right to rest and leisure and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. These are embedded in article 31 of the UNCRC. On this Children’s Day, raise awareness of the importance of leisure and arts in children’s lives. #WorldChildrensDay #RightToPlay #ChildRights
4. The new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic is being addressed in the growing number of children’s books, many of which are available for free at https://nycdoe.libguides.com/covid-19ebooks/free. However helpful, these stories present an adult’s perspective on children’s experience. According to Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), adopted in 1989, children’s own ideas and views should be taken seriously as possible contributions to our social, political and cultural life. This also refers to children’s rights to participate in culture as writers and artists who, for example, engage in creative practices in response to current phenomena, including the pandemic. Museum of Childhood Ireland organised a ‘Voice of The Child’ during the COVID-19 pandemic”, an international exhibition that documents children’s writings and artwork reflecting on their experiences: https://museumofchildhood.ie/project2020/. The museum also has a vibrant Youth Voices team.
5. On this Children’s Day, let’s challenge leaders around the world to encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity for children, as article 31 of the UNCRC establishes. #WorldChildrensDay #RightToPlay #ChildRights
5. Asylum-seeking children have the right to live in safe, nurturing and child rights compliant spaces. In Ireland urgent action is needed to meet their rights under national and international law. http://www.nuigalway.ie/media/irishcentreforhumanrights/files/reports/Direct-Provision-Report_-ICHR_Final-23.09.pdf #WorldChildrensDay #ChildRights
6. All children have a right to access education yet Traveller & Roma children continue to “fall through the cracks” facing structural discrimination at all educational levels. In 2016 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged action in this area. It is still needed today. #WorldChildrensDay #ChildRights
7. Children around the 🌎 campaign to promote & protect their own rights and the rights of others. Thanks to their work political and social change are possible. #FridaysForFuture, a child-led movement demanding urgent #ClimateAction #WorldChildrensDay #ChildrenChangeTheWorld
8. Child labour is still a pressing concern. According to UNICEF, nearly 1 in 10 children are engaged in child labour around the world, almost half of whom work in hazardous conditions. Surrounded by social inequality and discrimination, child’s labour takes boys and girls away from their childhood. Article 31 of the UNCRC specifies that children have the right to play. On this Children’s Day, join the voices to end children’s labour around the world and give children opportunities to enjoy their childhood, to develop and reach their full potential. #WorldChildrensDay #RightToPlay #EndChildLabour
We see a Museum of Childhood for Ireland as being fundamentally a Children’s Right.