Цель: знакомство обучающихся с историей создания Конвенции ООН по правам ребёнка.

Учебная задача: совершенствовать навыки чтения с полным пониманием прочитанного, систематизировать новые лексические единицы по изучаемой теме.

Познавательная задача: познакомить с основными документами, предшествующими созданию Конвенции ООН по правам ребёнка.

Воспитательная задача: воспитывать уважение к закону, к соблюдению каждым человеком своих прав и обязанностей.

Task 1. Read the text

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child reflects the vision of the UN to take rights away from parents, thereby allowing the government to raise your children while indoctrinating them into the new "global consciousness". The convention describes children as a member of a family and the community, placing much of the responsibility for their well-being on the state rather than the parents.

The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is the name given to a series of related children's rights proclamations. The first was drafted by Eglantyne Jebb and adopted by the International Save the Children Union, Geneva, on February 23, 1923 and endorsed by the League of Nations General Assembly on November 26, 1924 as the World Child Welfare Charter.

The original document, in the archives of the city of Geneva, carries the signatures of various international delegates, including Jebb, Janusz Korczak, and Gustave Ador, a former President of the Swiss Confederation.

The International Save the Children Union merged into the International Union of Child Welfare by 1946, and this group pressed the newly formed United Nations to continue to work for war-scarred children and for adoption of the World Child Welfare Charter.

The initial 1923 document consisted of the following stipulations:

  1. The child must be given the means requisite for its normal development, both materially and spiritually.
  2. The child that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must be nursed, the child that is backward must be helped, the delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succored.
  3. The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
  4. The child must be put in a position to earn a livelihood, and must be protected against every form of exploitation.
  5. The child must be brought up in the consciousness that its talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.

The history of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child continued soon after the World War II. The primal aims of foundation of the new organization were to help war victims, especially children.

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

In two years, in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly accepted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was admited that children are objects of special protection in Declaration regulations and in the ones of the International pacts of 1966 concerning human rights.

There are National Committees in 36 industrialized countries worldwide, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization. The National Committees raise funds from the private sector. Many people in developed countries first hear about UNICEF's work through the activities of National Committees for UNICEF. These non-governmental organizations are primarily responsible for fundraising, selling UNICEF greeting cards and products, creating private and public partnerships, advocating for children’s rights, and providing other invaluable support.

In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System Headquartered in New York City. UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. UNICEF relies on contributions from governments and private donors and UNICEF's total income for 2006 was about $2,8 billion. Governments contribute two thirds of the organization's resources, private groups and some 6 million individuals contribute the rest through the National Committees. UNICEF's programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children.

UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in 2006.

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed June, 1 to be the International Children's Day in 1925. The holiday is celebrated in June, 1 each year. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and well-being, children TV programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children, families going out etc.

On November, 20 1959 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a much expanded version as its own Declaration of the Rights of the Child, with ten principles in place of the original five. This date has been adopted as the Universal Children's Day, which is celebrated on November, 20 annually.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was drafted over the course of 10 years (1979 - 1989) by representatives of a variety of religions and cultures along with members of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and several non-governmental organizations. Like all human rights treaties, the Convention on the Rights of the Child had first to be approved, or adopted, by the United Nations General Assembly.

On November, 20 1989, the governments represented at the General Assembly agreed to adopt the Convention into international law. It has since been ratified by 191 countries with only the United States and Somalia abstaining. The treaty obligates all those countries who ratify it to abide by not so small list of mandates that effectively take the job of raising your children away from you and hand it over to the government. The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force on September 2, 1990, after it was ratified by the required number of nations. As of November 2009, 194 countries have ratified it.

The Convention was signed by the USSR on January, 26 1990; ratified on June 13, 1990. It was entered into force for the USSR on September 15, 1990. The original of the present Convention was deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organisation (Javier Perez de Cuellar), in August 15, 1990.

UNICEF uses the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework for all its work. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines specific children’s rights in international law. These rights define universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide.

Nations that ratify this convention are bound to it by international law. Once a year, the Committee submits a report to the Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

Governments of countries that have ratified the Convention are required to report to, and appear before, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child periodically to be examined on their progress with regards to the advancement of the implementation of the Convention and the status of child rights in their country. Their reports and the committee's written views and concerns are available on the committee's website.

Two Optional Protocols were adopted on May 25, 2000. The First Optional Protocol restricts the involvement of children in military conflicts, and the Second Optional Protocol prohibits the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Both protocols have been ratified by more than 120 states.

The Convention requires that states act in the best interests of the child. This approach is different from the common law approach found in many countries that had previously treated children as possessions or chattels, ownership of which was sometimes argued over in family disputes.

Task 2. Translate the new words and expressions

  1. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  2. The Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  3. The International Save the Children Union
  4. The World Child Welfare Charter
  5. The International Union of Child Welfare
  6. The United Nations International Children' Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
  7. The United Nations General Assembly
  8. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  9. The UN System headquarted in New-York City
  10. The Nobel Peace Prize
  11. The Prince of Asturias Award of Concord
  12. The World Conference for the Well-being of Children
  13. The International Children's Day
  14. The Universal Children's Day
  15. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights
  16. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
  17. Optional Protocols

Task 3. Answer the questions

  1. What does the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child reflect?
  2. What do you know about Eglantyne Jebb, Janusz Korczak, Gustave Ador?
  3. When was the World Child Welfare Charter adopted?
  4. Who signed the World Child Welfare Charter?
  5. What stipulations did the World Child Welfare Charter (the initial 1923 document) contain?
  6. When was the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) created?
  7. What was the aim of the UNICEF?
  8. When was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights accepted?
  9. How many National Committees for the UNICEF are there in the world?
  10. When did the UNICEF become a permanent part of the UN System headquarted in New-York?
  11. What is the aim of the UNICEF?
  12. What prizes was the UNICEF awarded?
  13. When was the International Children's Day proclaimed?
  14. When was the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted?
  15. Haw many countries did ratify the Convention?
  16. When did the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child come into force?
  17. When was the Convention signed by the USSR?
  18. When was the Convention entered into force in the USSR?
  19. Must governments of the countries that ratified the Convention report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child?
  20. How many optional protocols were adopted on May 25, 2000?

Your homework is to make up a summary of the text.

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