How do you complete this sentence? “Children have the right to . . .”
-protection from violence?
-nurturing emotional care?
-an hour of time outside?
-clean air and water?
-be treated like people whose thoughts and feelings have value?
We’ve come a long way from the days of exploiting children as chimney sweeps and factory workers, and public education is now available (compulsory, even). But how well can you argue that Jacksonville is an ideal environment for children, that people want to come here because it’s a “great place to raise your kids”? Do our policies and practices foster their thriving in body and mind?
As we mull and make decisions about the obligations we have as a community to address issues in child care, safety, health, and education, JCCI volunteers are hard at work, implementing our Children: 1-2-3 inquiry recommendations to close gaps in policy and promote effective practices so that this community becomes more child-friendly (which, as these children grow, leads to Jacksonville’s being—say it with me!—more adult-friendly).
This week, you can learn about the U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child and how grassroots and organizational efforts can transform how children are treated, and in turn, how they shape their community as they grow.
Clear your calendar for Friday, August 10 at noon.
You don’t want to miss this very special Issues and Answers forum!
Gerison Lansdown, international expert in child rights and founding Director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England will lead our community in a discussion about children’s rights, child-friendly cities and child and youth participation. She will be accompanied by members of Funky Dragon, a youth council promoting the effective participation of children and young people in decision-making about policies and services in Wales.
RSVP here now!