Child Rights (CRC)

The units, lesson plans, videos, multimedia, and stories in this collection of teacher resources are intended to raise students' awareness of child and family rights, specifically looking at the international treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Topic Materials

Units & Lesson Plans

unit-lesson-plans

6-8, 9-12
It’s Up for Debate! (Source Book)
This Source Book provides additional background information and resources on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
9-12
An Introduction to an International Treaty: The Convention on the Rights of the Child - Youth Report
This U.S. Fund for UNICEF Youth Report introduces high school students to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified piece of international human rights legislation in the world, and the legal foundation for UNICEF's work.
6-8, 9-12
Stand Up for Children's Rights Teacher's Guide
These activities are designed to further develop understanding of children’s rights and encourage students to explore where and how those rights are respected in their communities.
6-8
Child Rights: Full Unit - Grades 6-8
The lesson plans in this unit are intended to raise students' awareness of child and family rights, specifically looking at the international treaty, the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
PK2
Color It Rights Educator Guide
This teacher's guide is designed to accompany the "Color it Rights Coloring Book". Each picture in the coloring book represents an article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
6-8, 9-12
It's Up for Debate! (Lesson)
Students will examine the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) through a series of debate activities in which they will learn about the CRC, conduct research on its history, and think critically about its implications for children.
6-8, 9-12
Nelson Mandela and the Right to Education
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 o
Activities

activities

6-8, 9-12
Activity Sheet: Convention on the Rights of the Child
This Activity Sheet provides an overview of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and offers comprehension activities for students.
9-12
Case Study: Ali's Story
This case study allows students to read about Ali and how he is confronted with the issue of child labor. Accompanying reading comprehension questions are included.
6-8
Case Study: Ali's Story
Read about the story of Ali, and how he is confronted by the issue of child labor. Case study includes accompanying reading comprehension questions.
PK2
Color It Rights Coloring Book
On November 20, 2009, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated its 20th birthday. To help young children everywhere know more about their rights, we have developed this coloring book. An accompanying guide for teachers can...
Articles

articles

3-5, 6-8, 9-12
CRC Child-Friendly Version
Child friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
3-5, 6-8, 9-12
FightUnfair Infographics
UNICEF's FightUnfair campaign is uniting the global community to make sure that every child has a fair chance at survival and prosperity. These graphics provide a compelling visual representation of some of the unfair realities children face.
6-8, 9-12
Evolution of Child Rights: A Timeline
View a timeline portraying how the subject of Child Rights has evolved and adapted.
6-8, 9-12
Perspectives on the Convention of the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child sets the standards for the care, treatment and protection of all children. Interpreting these standards and applying the measures required to realize the rights they safeguard relies on the actions parents,...
6-8, 9-12
Summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The following text is an unofficial summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and can accompany the Convention on the Rights of the Child unit.
6-8, 9-12
Voices from Children: Child Labor and Child Trafficking
This slide includes excerpts, quotes and opinions of children from Pakistan and Nigeria who have been affected by the issues of child labor and child trafficking respectively.
6-8, 9-12
Voices from Children: Child Rights and Marginalized Groups
This slide features an excerpt from a child in Costa Rica, who is a member of a marginalized group that suffers from discrimination.
Video

video

PK2, 3-5
Children have the right to adequate health services
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...
PK2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Every Child Has the Right to a Life Free from Discrimination
Cartoons for Children's Rights (http://www.unicef.org/crcartoons/) is a UNICEF broadcast initiative that aims to inform people around the world about children’s rights. The effort has forged partnerships with many well-known animation studios that...
9-12
Harmful Social Norms and UNICEF's Response
This video, which contains some mature content, addresses how harmful social norms can sometimes undermine child rights. UNICEF is responding by addressing these norms at the individual, community and national levels.
6-8, 9-12
Nelson Mandela Tribute Video
UNICEF’s video tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). ©UNICEF 2013
6-8, 9-12
Overview: Convention on the Rights of the Child
Learn about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most-ratified treaty in the entire world, which codifies into law, basic standards in health, education, protection and social services for
6-8, 9-12
Pour Chaque Enfant
Les enfants sont nés avec des droits fondamentaux de l'homme - mission de l'UNICEF est de réaliser ces droits pour chaque enfant.
6-8, 9-12
UNICEF Birth Registration PSA
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.
PK2, 3-5, 6-8
What are child rights?
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.
9-12
Addressing the issue of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Ethiopia
Hear one girl's story as she advocates for the end of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Ethiopia.
PK2
Article 24: The Right to Food and Nutrition
This short animation video depicts, in cartoon style, how children have the right to access food and nutrition.
6-8, 9-12
Birth Registration in South Sudan
Birth registration remains a critical hurdle in many countries, preventing children from accessing health or education services. Learn about a birth registration drive in the brand new country of South Sudan.
Audio

audio

6-8, 9-12
Child Labor in the Philippines
Listen to the story of Arcy Niño Ortonio, a nineteen-year-old from the Philippines, who began to work at age 8 in order to support his family. He has now returned to school and is attending college and studying marine technology.
6-8, 9-12
Digital Diarist Tsholofelo Selufaro, 19, speaks about the issue of child labor in Botswana.
Digital Diarist Tsholofelo Selufaro, 19, speaks about the issue of child labor in Botswana.
6-8, 9-12
Chinyanta’s Digital Diary: A Zambian teen fights for child rights and gender equality
Voices of Youth and UNICEF Radio Digital Diarist Chinyanta Chimba reports on child rights from Lusaka, Zambia and Florence, Italy.
9-12
Equal Education Opportunities for Children with Disabilities
UNICEF podcast moderator Femi Oke talks to Ms Elina Lehtomaki, Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and a pioneer in the field of inclusive education.
6-8, 9-12
Liberia: How Poverty Affects Access to Education and Child Rights
UNICEF examines how children are able to access education, twenty years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Emmanuel, a young student in Liberia hopes to continue to study engineering, but cannot afford the school...
9-12
Recruitment of Child Soldiers in Somalia
PODCAST: Listen to a podcast that describes how armed groups in Somalia are recruiting vulnerable children to serve as child soldiers.
9-12
Young people provide strategic advice on education issues
Podcast moderator Femi Oke caught up with youth advocates Salathiel Ntakirutimana, of Burundi, and Sumaya Saluja, of India. The young leaders talked about their experiences, the role of education in young people’s lives and their advocating on...

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