Children’s rights: to everyone it may concern!
On June 1st, a party was held on campus for the celebration of the 69th anniversary of the International Children’s Day. With the youngest population in Southeast Asia (66% of the population is under the age of 30), the International Children’s Day has been classified as a public holiday.
In the 19th century, children started being recognised as beings that should be protected. However, it was not until 1941 that the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted. In 1989, this international document was expanded into the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Adopted and ratified by Cambodia in 1992, the CRC is nowadays applied worldwide (except in the USA).
This year, Phare was keen to organize a special event dedicated to the children and their rights to lead them to have agency over their protection through advocacy activities and social mobilization. On this special day, all the children at Phare took part in shows, fun activities and breakfast. The purpose of organizing the shows, speeches and activities was to help them understand their rights and the different ways to protect not only themselves, but all of the other children in their community against potential abuse.
Four children shared their feelings with us after the event:
Channa, 11, 5th grade – Dance student
I was very happy on this day because it was my Day of Rights, I ate some cake, saw a circus show, played games, joined the traditional dance show, made new friends and laughed a lot!
Sela, 11, 4th grade – Dance student
There were many things that I enjoyed on this day: the speech about children’s rights, and all the educational performances, especially the traditional dance.
Linda, 10, 4th grade – Dance student
It made me feel that people really care about my rights, even if I am just a kid. I really liked the circus show and the clowns who made me laugh so much…
Yuin, 10, 4th grade – Dance student
What I liked the most was dancing with my group, the educational shows, teaching new students, eating cake and having fun with my friends. I cannot wait for next year !