This is a plain-language and child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Child Rights (CRC)
Video Analysis Activity: Street Children in Rwanda
Tens of millions of children are living on the streets of urban areas around the world. Street children face barriers to basic rights such as education and are vulnerable to violence and exploitation. This video tells the story of Egide, a thirteen year old boy from the East African country of Rwanda, who began living on the streets of the capital city, Kigali, to escape a chaotic home situation. Egide eventually leaves the streets thanks to the work of Fidesco, a UNICEF-supported center for street children in Kigali. The exact number of street children in Rwanda is unknown, but estimates show this number to be in the thousands. The root causes of this problem include poverty, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and displacement caused by the country's 1990-1994 war and 1994 genocide. As part of its child protection strategy, UNICEF is working to increase support to centers in Rwanda like Fedesco to ensure that children living on the streets are safely reintegrated into their family homes.
For more information on this topic visit: http://www.unicef.org/protection/rwanda_61774.html
1. What factors in Egide’s home life led him to begin living on the streets of Kigali? What was life like for Egide as a street child?
2. How does Fidesco, the UNICEF-supported center, help children like Egide and his friends?
3. What two occupations does Egide aspire to for his future? Through these professions, how can Egide help confront the problem of children living on the streets in Rwanda? What are your aspirations for the future and how might your future career impact the lives of children living in the United States and around the world?
4. Extension Activity: Children living on the streets face barriers to basic rights such as education and healthcare. To learn more about the rights of children, complete TeachUNICEF’s Activity Sheet: Convention on the Rights of the Child
Additional Teaching and Learning Resources:
Rwandan Government Study on the Situation of Street Children in Rwanda (especially the Executive Summary, p. 9-10)
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF joined millions of people around the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. In addition to his legacy as father of his nation, he also leaves behind his advocacy on behalf of children. In this lesson, students get introduced to Mandela’s story and life work. They examine how his drive was shaped by some of the same values that drive UNICEF’s work: a commitment to human rights and to education. Finally, they research evidence from the news regarding the state of education in their district, county, or state to determine the ways children’s international right to an education is being protected locally, and the ways it may need better protection.
UNICEF’s video tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). ©UNICEF 2013
NEW YORK (December 10, 2013) – UNICEF released today a new report showing that 230 million children under five—one out of every three children in this age group globally—have not been registered at birth. Tens of millions more are without a birth certificate. Learn more at http://www.unicefusa.org/news/releases/unicef-1-in-3-children-under.html. © UNICEF video
NEW YORK (December 10, 2013) – UNICEF released today a new report showing that 230 million children under five—one out of every three children in this age group globally—have not been registered at birth. Tens of millions more are without a birth certificate. For more information, visit http://www.unicefusa.org/news/releases/unicef-1-in-3-children-under.html.
Article 24 (Health and health services): Children have the right to good quality health care – the best health care possible – to safe drinking water, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy. Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.
Created by Miguel Repiso.
In this animation video from UNICEF brother and sister duo Jack and Ruby explore the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Video from UNICEF Australia.