20 November marks the annual Universal Children’s Day. Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. They did this by developing and launching the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This human rights treaty sets out the economic, political, civil, health, social and cultural. Rights of children. Child Friendly version of the CRC
Even though the CRC has been in existence for 25 years and many steps have been taken to better the lives of children out current reality in South Africa is that child abuse is still very present in our communities. The remembrance of this historic day therefore serves as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.
From within SCOUTS South Africa we want to thank all our Scouters and parents for respecting the rights of children and working hard to empower them to be the best they can be.