Today is the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Here’s a quote from TIME Magazine about it:
The convention ensures children of the right to a name, a nationality, an education, the highest possible standards of health and protection from abuse and exploitation. UNICEF said these rights are based on four core principles — non-discrimination, the child’s best interests, the right to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of children.
The convention has the widest support of any human rights treaty, with ratifications legally binding 193 countries to its provisions. Only two countries — the United States and Somalia — have not ratified the convention, though have said they intend to.
I thought I’d quickly put together some resources about it that might be accessible to English Language Learners:
A Generation Later, Still Struggling is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
The World’s Children is a series of images from The Sacramento Bee.
UNICEF has a number of good multimedia resources on the anniversary, including this slideshow.
TIME Magazine has a good article that is probably accessible to Intermediate ELL’s.
ABC News has a longer piece. You could probably take excerpts from it.
Human Rights Watch has a good series of questions and answers about the Convention.
The Associated Press also has an interactive on the state of children in today’s world.
Feel free to offer additional suggestions.