We are grateful that we have great children and we celebrate children all over on Tuesday 27th of May. This is a yearly event and we wont forget to celebrate.
We also remember the children (girls) that were abducted from their school last month April at Chibok. we hope for their safe return to their parents soonest. this has inspired us to remember the Child Rights and share with our parents, this will also help us remember how we should love and care for our little ones. This article is courtesy of UNICEF, the facts are under the Child Rights Law.
Who is a Child?
The Act defines a child as a person below the age of 18 years.
Basic provisions of the CRA
The CRA categorically states that the best interest of the child shall remain paramount in all considerations. A child retains the right to survival and development and to a name and registration at birth, and shall be given such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being.
The Act provides for freedom from discrimination on the grounds of belonging to a particular community or ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion, the circumstances of birth, disability, deprivation or political opinion; and it states that the dignity of the child shall be respected at all times.
No Nigerian child shall be subjected to physical, mental or emotional injury, abuse or neglect, maltreatment, torture, inhuman or degrading punishment, attacks on their honor or reputation.
Every Nigerian child is entitled to rest, leisure and enjoyment of the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health.
Every government in Nigeria shall strive to reduce the infant mortality rate, provide medical and health care, adequate nutrition and safe drinking water, hygienic and sanitized environments, combat diseases and malnutrition, and support and mobilize through local and community resources the development of primary health care for children.
There are provisions for children in need of special protection measures. These children shall be protected in a manner that enables them to achieve their fullest possible social integration and moral development.
Expectant and nursing mothers shall be catered for, and every parent or guardian with legal custody of a child under the age of two years shall ensure his or her immunization against diseases, or face judicial penalties.
Betrothal and marriage of children are prohibited.
Exposure of children to pornographic materials, trafficking of children, their use of narcotic drugs, or the use of children in any criminal activities, abduction and unlawful removal or transfer from lawful custody.
Forced or exploitative labor including employment of children as domestic help outside their own home or family environment is also regarded as an offence.
Buying, selling, hiring or otherwise dealing in children for purpose of begging, hawking, prostitution or for unlawful immoral purposes are punishable under the Act and may carry a prison term.
Remember to love even your neighbour’s child… In Africa tthere is a proverb thats says when you have a child that child has over 50 other parents. love! Share! Give!