The Kansai High School Model United Nations
The Rights of the Child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2014 and the year’s Nobel Peace Prizes were awarded to Malala Yousafzai for her work on girls’ education and Kailash Satyarthi for his campaign against child labour. In honour of these milestones, the KHSMUN organizing committee has set the agenda the agenda for the 2015 KHSMUN as The Rights of the Child.
Through speeches, debates, bloc meetings, and resolution drafting student delegates will become more informed about the issue and hopefully be motivated to play an active part in helping the United Nations lead the world in ensuring rights for all children.
Delegates at the KHSMUN will focus on the three areas of education, health care and child labour.
These are simplified versions of the clauses, from a UNICEF summary. The full text can be found here:
Article 28 - Education
Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Free, compulsory primary education
Increase secondary, tertiary and vocational education
Importance of girls’ education
Poverty as cause of lack of education
Prejudice as cause of lack of education
Article 24 - Health care
Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Health care for mothers
Article 32 - Child labour
Governments must protect children from work that is dangerous or might harm their health or education.
Avoid economic exploitation
Avoid hazardous labour
Avoid labour which interferes with education
Set and enforce minimum ages for work
Set and enforce reasonable hours for work