The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1989, is the most-signed human rights legislation in the world. As an international law, the rights are not-so-easy to read. Here’s a simplified version.


Paraphrased in simple terms from the Convention on the Rights of the Child – if these rights are important to you, what can you grow and strengthen in yourself and others to help them flourish? One key is emotional intelligence — check out the free POP-UP Festival for more!

Every kid gets to have a name and to be a citizen of their country.

If a child is adopted, they also get to know who their birth-parents are.

Kids can live with their parents if possible, and be put back with their parents if they get separated.

If kids can’t live with both parents, they get to talk to both parents if possible.

Adults will listen to kids’ opinions about important things (but not always agree).

Kids can access information (that’s ok for their age) from different sources.

Groups of kids can meet together or even join or make clubs.

Kids can have privacy (but they have to tell an adult if there is something dangerous).

Kids should be protected and kept safe and healthy.

If kids are not with family, they should have good care that fits their own culture.

If a kid has a disability, they’ll get care and education that meets their needs.

Governments will do their very best to make sure kids are healthy.

Kids will have a place to live, food, and clothes.

Kids will have an education that develops their personality and talents.

Kids get to enjoy their own culture, practice their own religion and use their language.

Kids get time to rest, play, and have fun.

Kids can participate in art and culture activities.

Kids will not be forced to work at a grownup job (they do have to school though!)

Adults will protect kids from things that are bad for them, like drugs.

Adults will protect kids from abuse.

Adults will protect kids from big dangers like being a slave.

Children will not be soldiers and will not fight in wars.

Adults will protect kids from cruel or violent punishments.

If there is war, kids will be protected.

Kids will be protected from seeing adult things that kids are too young to see. 

If a kid’s rights are broken, the government will help make things better.

If a kid is accused of breaking the law, the police will follow the rules fairly.


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