THE Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) opened the National Children’s Month (NCM) with an online kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
The NCM is observed every November by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 10661, which was signed by then President Benigno Aquino III on May 29, 2015.
For this year, the activities will be all held online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the first week of November, the CWC will tackle the children’s survival rights. It will hold a webinar entitled “Pandemic Check: The Local Experiences of LGUs (local government units) in Protecting Children and their Rights during Covid-19 Pandemic” on Wednesday, Nov. 4. This can be viewed live via Facebook or Zoom (http://bit.ly/RegistrationPandemicCheck) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
On Thursday, Nov. 5, a webinar “Minding Your Mental Health” will be held via Facebook Live. It will show parents how to find their me-time, and self-care for children and adolescents. The first part will broadcast online from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the second part, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Another webinar that can be viewed on Facebook Live from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, carries the topic, “Survival Gardening: Grow Your Food for Better Health and Nutrition.”
At 5 p.m. on the same day, an online storytelling activity will be broadcasted on Facebook Live.
The CWC is an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which is mandated by RA 10661 along with National Youth Commission and Council for the Welfare of Children as the lead agencies in charge of the activities observing
RA 10661 celebrates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 20, 1989.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defines the child as a “person under 18 years of age. It acknowledges the primary role of parents and the family in the care and protection of children, as well as the obligation of the state to help them carry out these duties.”
The UNCRC, as stated on its website, has 41 articles, each of which details a different type of right. These rights are not ranked in order of importance; instead they interact with one another to form one integrated set of rights.
A common approach is to group these articles together under the following themes:
•Survival rights: include the child’s right to life and the needs that are most basic to existence, such as nutrition, shelter, an adequate living standard, and access to medical services.
•Development rights: include the right to education, play, leisure, cultural activities, access to information, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
•Protection rights: ensure children are safeguarded against all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation, including special care for refugee children; safeguards for children in the criminal justice system; protection for children in employment; protection and rehabilitation for children who have suffered exploitation or abuse of any kind.
•Participation rights: encompass children’s freedom to express opinions, to have a say in matters affecting their own lives, to join associations and to assemble peacefully. As their capacities develop, children should have increasing opportunity to participate in the activities of society, in preparation for adulthood.