A Child’s view of the UNCRC

A Child's-Eye View of the UNCRC Book Launching Ceremony-cum-Child Rights Carnival is held on 4 February. Click here to read the report: Shaping the future.

The book, in Chinese and English, is called “A Child’s View of the UNCRC” and is the first child-friendly version of the convention in Hong Kong. With special insights from children who took part in its production, the book tries to help children learn about their rights and responsibilities in a way that they can enjoy while learning.

The UNCRC was extended to Hong Kong in 1994. It aims to protect 1.3 million Hong Kong children from harm. Yet many children have never heard about it because the official version is too difficult for them to understand, hindering their learning about their rights.

The book is to be launched by the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights at the “A Child’s-Eye View of the UNCRC” Book Launching Ceremony-cum-Child Rights Carnival” at the Plaza of Kwai Tsing Theatre on Sunday, 4 February.

Children's commission

An independent report commissioned by the committee, "Shaping the Future", showed there is unanimous support for a separate and independent children’s commission. The study on which the report is based was carried out by the Global Institute For Tomorrow on behalf of the Committee. The report was released on 17 December 2006.

Dr Kwok Ka Ki, who represents the medical functional constituency in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, is to be guest of honour at the afternoon launch.

The carnival is to mix the serious with the fun, with “experiencing classrooms” in child poverty, inclusion, and right to education; games; a drawing competition; as well as the book launch.