United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UN Convention on the rights of a child is an international guide to the rights that children are entitled to. These ‘rights’ have been listed and agreed to by the United Nations and almost every country in the world has agreed to these rights, including Australia. As a signatory to these rights Australia has agreed to uphold all of them. The rights are interconnected and all of them are equally important. When considering these rights it is important to think of them in terms of what is in the best interest of a child to protect them from harm in a particular situation.
The United Nations Convention of the Rights of a Child Article 30 states that:
“You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.”
Bring child rights into your classroom: an educator's guide
The Secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) has developed a series of resources for children and adults relating to child rights.
This children’s rights education set is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from the ages of three to seven years.
The Educator’s Guide has been developed to accompany the kit. The guide has been designed to walk educators through the process of introducing the concept of child rights.
It provides detailed information on how to facilitate child rights workshops with children. It provides a poster series, children’s activity books and others games to play with children.
The Educator's Guide also raises possible issues that may arise and provides some ideas on how to redress them.
The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF): Belonging Being Becoming
The EYLF vision for children’s learning encompasses the characteristic of children’s lives being viewed through belonging being and becoming.
In particular the experience of belonging:
“knowing where and with whom you belong – is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighbourhood and a wider community.” (p.7)
The EYLF also identifies the principle of Respect for diversity as impacting on our practices including the practice of Cultural Competence. It makes very clear statements about the importance of respecting diversity and cultural competence.
How does this look in practice in your service?
Cultural Connections Booklet
This Cultural Connections Booklet has been created to complement and introduce some of the materials from the Cultural Connections Kit.
It can help early childhood teams engage in some of the key topics surrounding ‘respect of diversity’ and ‘cultural competency’ in the early childhood education and care sector.