Region: Germany
Education

Children's rights on all curricula!

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"I didn't know that every child has a right to electricity, water, toys and enough to eat," 9-year-old Noel says. Germany is celebrating 30 years of children's rights this year. But until today, 84% of children and young people have heard little or nothing about children's rights. Experts agree: in order for children to stand up for themselves, they need to know their own rights. That's why Tobi Krell's team and VOX have started this petition: Children's rights on all curricula!  

In 1992, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child came into effect in Germany. According to Article 42, all member states are obliged to make these children's rights known to adults and children through appropriate and effective measures [1]. By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Federal Republic of Germany has also committed itself to realizing this measure. However, too little has happened so far. The increase in domestic violence and neglect [2] of children during the Corona Lockdown has again highlighted the devastating effects this can have.

We therefore demand: children's rights must be on all curricula and education plans! And as early as possible, already at kindergarten age. Because only when young people know their rights they can positively influence their own lives and their environment. They can contribute to what has not been achieved so far - to fulfill every right for every child today and for future generations.

Reason

According to the Children's Fund, only individual aspects of children's rights-based democracy education are anchored in the guidelines for schools and daycare centers [3]. In individual federal states such as North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Lower Saxony, UNICEF model projects such as "children's rights schools" have been implemented for some time. But a holistic and obligatory children's rights education is not anchored as an overarching subject of instruction in the curricula and educational plans of the federal states [4]. These gaps in the legal requirements regarding children's rights and democracy education must be overcome.

We demand concretely:

  • Children's rights must be explicitly mentioned in school and daycare laws and uniform quality standards for children's rights education must be set nationwide.
  • Children's rights must be firmly included in all school curricula as well as in all educational curricula of daycare centers and must be communicated in an age-appropriate manner.
  • Children's rights education must be sustainably anchored and conveyed in the training and continuing education of teaching and educational staff.
  • Children's rights must be lived in everyday life at school and daycare centers and must be action-oriented entities in the sense of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As part of the film "Kinder, wie geht's? Der große Report mit Tobi Krell" (VOX), Tobias Krell, known as "Checker Tobi," documented stories of children all over Germany for a year. The children show a refreshingly honest, but also harrowing view of the world from their eyes. Their words have moved us to set up this petition. Because the children often know exactly what should be done now. Time to learn from them.

[1] § 42 I UN-Kinderrechtskonvention; [2] Seibert, u.a. (2020): The Impact of COVID-19 on Violence against Women and Children in Germany. München; [3] Kompetenznetzwerk Demokratiebildung im Kindesalter (2021): Kinderrechtebasierte Demokratiebildung im Primarbereich. Berlin; [4] National Coalition Deutschland (2019): Die Umsetzung der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention in Deutschland. 5. / 6. Ergänzender Bericht an die Vereinten Nationen. Berlin, S. 57.

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