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|All children have the right to
go to school
One of the main ideologies of UNICEF is that children should spend their time learning than working. At least six years of education is necessary in order to give the child resonable opportunities later in life. If you can read and write, and have a knowledge about the world that you live in, life gets a lot easier, and you will have better chances of getting a good job.
That all sound very nice, but nonetheless it is estimated that more than half of the worlds children in the age of 7 to 12 dont attend school regularly.
Many children fight hard for their right to go to school, but often they also have to fight for small things as pencils, paper and books. Sometimes the children or their families have to work for week or even months to pay for the uniform that many schools require them to wear.
Photographer: Elisabeth Borch
In a booklet made by UNICEF, you can read the story of the 17-year-old Indian girl Lakshmi Basrur, who writes:
"- I worked from five in the morning untill midnight. Often I didnt even get paid. I was abused both physically and mentally. Life was unbearable".
Lakshmi wore herself down, after her mother was hit by the polio disease and her father left the family when she was nine. Luckily everything worked out in a good way, when she saw a poster from "United Children Workers". Today she is getting an education, while she tell working children about their rights.
Photographer: Thomas Yde
|Children have to help their families
Most of the children in the developing countries that go to school, have to drop out after less than three years of school, because their parents need their help. Maybe the children have to help at home, by taking care of the animals or smaller siblings, or maybe they work other places to earn some money for the rest of the family. Often the children have to help the family survive, instead of going to school.
Long way to school
Many children has a long way to school, ten miles (16 km) each way is not unusual. Ten miles might not seem very far, but you have to consider the fact that many children has to walk to and from school, since there are no or very few school busses in many developing countries.
Because there is often a scarcity of teachers, there are sometimes 50 100 pupils in every class. Beside the shortage of teachers, geting books, paper and other essential tools in education is a big problem, since they are often too expensive or just too hard to get.
Be grateful for your school
Be happy that you have the opportunity to go to school, even though you might think that it is a bit to hard and a bit too boring. You can be absolutely sure that many children would really like to have the same opportunities as you have.
|What can you do to help and to learn
Children in industrial countries can help to better their own and other childrens rights. Here we have made a list of things that you could do to increase the knowledge of childrens rights.
Photographer: Elisabeth Borch
? - Questions
Can you think of any violations of childrens rights in your country?
If yes explain which violations
¥ - Assignments:
Do one of the things that we suggest to help other children.
Write a short essay about all the things that you have and you think all children should have.
Find out which kinds of work children do in your country and try to compare it to the examples described on this page.
Tell why you think parents would send their children to work instead of school.
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