Just for fun, over the holidays, I read not one but two versions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the simplified, Child-Friendly version (below) and the full version which I found on the Human Rights Commission website. Of course, I had read these documents whilst studying my Diploma, but I hadn’t had a good look at them since that time and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much these important documents came to life as I read through the 54 “Articles” of the Convention. From them, I could see how OSHC educators, through the National Quality Framework, ensure that the rights of children in our care at our OSHC services are upheld, especially, those pertaining to Article 3, 4, 15, 16, 19, 23, 28 and 29.
Another pleasant surprise with my holiday reading was a couple of interesting discoveries on the Human Rights Commission website which might be something of interest to other OSHC educators, too. The first discovery was finding out that we have a National Children’s Commissioner in Australia. You might like to have a look at who that person is and what their role is, which you can find at https://somethingincommon.humanrights.gov.au/get-informed/meet-national-childrens-commissioner.
The second discovery was following a link from the Human Rights website to another one called Little Dreamers which is a not-for-profit organisation started by a young woman who, as a child, helped to care for her chronically sick brother. This organisation supports the many Australian children who carry the burden of caring for family members. As well as raising awareness about the impacts of what this means to a child, it also highlights the fact that children and youth are capable of “contributing to their world” in a big way. For a truly inspirational story, (and one you might like to share with other educators and the children at your OSHC service), have a look at http://littledreamersonline.com/home/.