Recent statistics paint a grim image of the actual state of children’s rights. According to the last KidsRights Index for 2022 there has been no significant progress in the standards of children’s rights across the world over the last decade. The same conclusion was recently made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, who stated the respect for children’s rights is in sharp decline because of the effects COVID-19 pandemic, the reality of climate change and increased repression towards child right defenders.

Unfortunately, the figures only confirm the above. The global number of working children for example, has risen to 160million, an increase of 8.4 million over the last 4 years. About 1 in 4 (24,4%)children is at risk of poverty or social exclusion within the EU, whereas 357million children are still living in extreme poverty worldwide. And the path ahead is full of challenges, as climate change poses a huge threat to the future of the world’s children, as close to 1 billion children are at extremely high risk of being seriously affected.

All Children, All Right(s) toolkit

At a time when promoting children’s rights is more important than ever, launches its brand new All Children, All Right(s) toolkit on April 12, International Day for Street Children. The toolkit aims to empower youth workers and provides guidelines and methods to practically apply the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC). The toolkit uses different components such as educational posters, game activities, audio stories and online training to allow professionals to enhance their knowledge and introduce the topic of children’s rights to their target groups in a fun and interactive way.

Online campaign to claim children’s rights

The launch of the toolkit is amplified by a new social media campaign to claim children’s rights for ALL children. By taking a picture with the 12th of April gesture and by posting it on social media with the hashtags #childrights #yourcountry #124, everyone around the globe can join in the fight for children’s rights. So far, people in 70 countries have supported the campaign by posting a picture on their social media pages. Are you ready to join us in claiming children’s rights for all children?

The All Children, All Right(s) toolkit was co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union and was developed in collaboration with the following partners: European Playwork Association (Hamburg, Germany), ARSIS Association for the Social Support of Youth (Thessaloniki, Greece) and Uit De Marge (Ghent, Belgium).