Child Rights (CRC)

Nelson Mandela and the Right to Education

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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.

Help for Children With Disabilities

Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the world. They are far more likely to be victims of violence, have higher rates of malnutrition and more difficulty accessing safe drinking water. When given a chance to get an education, children with disabilities can overcome barriers, learn to be productive and reach for their dreams.

Combating Child Trafficking in Benin

Dosu is 12 years old and originally from Benin, but he spent three months alone after being sold in Nigeria. Dosu is a victim of child trafficking.  UNICEF is working to strengthen policies in Benin, and other countries, to combat trafficking and to help organizations that rehabilitate street children and young people who are victims of child trafficking. 

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