Rights that matter the most to them

Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day

Dalia Younis
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
10 December 2019

In this year’s celebration with the World Children’s Day, UNICEF Egypt organized a fun day at Al Ahly Sporting Club to make this day memorable to 100 children who attended the event.

These children were beneficiaries of UNICEF’s different interventions across the country. None of them was born thirty years ago when world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  Nevertheless, they had a take on these rights.

During the event, a group of children were given a set of cards with a child-friendly version of the most prominent rights in the Convention. They were asked to pick the rights that mattered the most to them.

Their rationale, comments and wishes were captured in this photo essay.

Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“I see this right important because a mother can’t be cruel to her children, terrify or hit them. It affects them in a bad way. I wish that all children in the world would be treated with calm.” 12-year-old Rana on the responsibility of parents in bringing up a child.
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“Every child dreams to be something. Without education, nobody’s dream can come true.” 12-year-old Sohaila on the access to education.
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“Because when I see a sick child in the street, I feel sorry for him or her. I want to be a pediatrician to treat any child.” 11-year-old Salma on the right to health.
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“Today, I played with my friends without hitting or quarrels. We were so happy. We didn’t harm or push each other. I wish that every child would feel safe.” 12-year-old Mahmoud from Sudan on protection against violence.
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“I want to open a school that anybody can join for free.” 15-year-old Mohammed from Syria on the right of refugees.
Children prioritize rights from the CRC during UNICEF Egypt’s celebration of the World Children’s Day
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elshaarani
“I wish that all the children of the world would play what they want and laugh.” 12-year-old Ramadan on the right to rest, relax, play and to take part in cultural and creative activities.