The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 2009 by the United Nations, recognizes that “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care” and that “in all countries in the world, there are children living in exceptionally difficult conditions, and that such children need special consideration”. Designed to promote improved child well-being, the convention advocates the need for conditions that allow children’s rights to be fulfilled, in particular, their right to an identity, their right to health, their right to education and leisure, their right to protection against all forms of violence and their right to a standard of living adequate for their development.
Many children are affected by the fact that their rights are violated. They are victims of violence, trafficking, exploitation and discrimination based on their ethnicity, class or religion. Many don’t go to school and are subjected to physical and psychological suffering. Girls, especially, are being deprived of their rights.
We must act!
Planète Enfants & Développement is the product of a merger between two organizations with shared values and a desire to join forces in order to build a world where children are protected from violence and exploitation in all forms, and where they can grow up surrounded by their families and communities.
“My name is Sumana. I’m 11 years old and I’m in Year 4. I live in a village called Thaprek. My house and my school were destroyed in the earthquake. I was so sad. The school was closed for several weeks and I had to stay at home by myself while my parents were out working in the fields. Then in June, Planète Enfants & Développement and Shakti Samuha set up a temporary learning centre at my school. I went and it was so nice to see my friends again and play, study, read, play football and draw. There are loads of games. Actually, we have more games at school now than we did before.
I didn’t like school very much before the earthquake and I didn’t go very often. I love it now! I like playing in the library area. It’s comforting and it makes me happy. I like the lessons and I’ve learnt a lot about protection and hygiene. I can express myself more easily than before. My favourite subject is English. I’d love to be an English teacher. I want to thank Planète Enfants & Développement and Shakti Samuha for this amazing project.”
Sumana from Nuwakot.