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The 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood: A Comparison

Dr. Edna Ranck, an Ambassador for Childhood under the Decade for Childhood, prepared this comparison between the 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for presentation at the 2014 World Forum on Early Care and Education in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 6-9 May 2014.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Compared to the Decade for Childhood 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood

Decade for Childhood 2012-2022:

10 Pillars of a Good Childhood*

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN/CRC)**

1. Safe & secure places for living & learning & access to health care, clothing, shelter, & nutritious food

 

Articles 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 27, 33, 36, 40

2. Strong families & loving, consistent caregivers

 

Articles 9, 10, 18.3, 23

3. Social interactions & friendship

 

Articles 29, 34

4. Creative play & physical activity

 

Article 31

5. Appreciation & stewardship of the natural environment

 

Article 29.1.e

6. Creative expression through music, dance, drama, and the other arts

 

Article 29, 31

7. Education that develops the full capacities of the child—cognitive, physical, social, emotional, & ethical

 

Articles 28, 29, 30, 35

8. Supportive, nurturing, child-friendly communities

 

Articles 12, 15, 16, 17

9. Growing independence & decision making

 

Articles 12, 30

10. Children & youth participating in community life

 

Articles 13, 30, 32, 33, 37

 

*Obtain information about the Decade on Childhood and download a copy of the 10 Pillars of a Good Childhood at www.decadeforchildhood.org. ** Obtain a copy of the full UN/CRC from http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_45482.html (English) or http://www.unicef.org/spanish/publications/index_45482.html (Spanish).

Prepared by Dr. Edna Ranck, ~ 25 April 2014