Group night activity ideas 'The United Nations Convention - Rights of the Child'

As part of Universal Children's day held on the 20th November our groups in Scotland ran a programme on the UNCRC (The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). They've shared their group night activity ideas below which you can run to educate and inform your young people on their rights.

What is the UNCRC? 

UNCRC is The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC and is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Why is the UNCRC important? 

  • The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to.
  • It explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
  • Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

Group night activities 

  • Woodchips - Click here to download the activity worksheet 
  • Elfins  - Follow the steps below: 
  1. Begin the session with the 'Same But Different game' 
  2. Move onto either Activity 2 or 3 from the link below which introduce the difference between wants and needs
  3. Followed by Activity 6 or 7 from the link below which links the idea of needs to rights and how they might be denied/protected
  4. http://www.e-activist.com/ea-campaign/action.retrievefile.do?ea_fileid=14113
  5. To end the session draw attention to Article 31 - "you have the right to rest and play". Ask for suggestions for a game to end the session.
  6. Play the game.

For more information: 

There are a lot of ideas out there. Here's a list of some websites for further info:

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