Some people thought there should be more sensitisation and awareness raising in schools, at sports events and in places of worship throughout their communities.
“We can start from the compulsory education that everyone can learn basic knowledge and what those rights mean. Also, people in a community communicate often and keep eyes on/take care of children in community as a community, so that children can grow up safely in a community.” – Amanda, Japan
“Putting children’s free service centers where anyone can access information”– Komakech, Uganda
“Talking about child rights in churches and mosque” – Yazid, Uganda
Others thought involving children more in community meetings and activities could help communities understand children’s rights.
“I think if children attend given chance to participate in all community meetings it would be a nice idea to help make people understand children’s rights” – Sadat, Uganda
“Electing children’s committees in every community that is responsible for children’s rights” – Tendo, Uganda
“Here in the UK, Children are expected to have rights and to be treated in a certain way. Although this is not always the case, the law gives children rights and more importantly the law enforcement will act upon it if there is an injustice. Therefore, I think encouraging children within their own communities and doing youth led events will go alongside standing up for children’s rights. Youth are the way forward.” Anon, UK
Some discussed the lack recognition in European countries about children not receiving their rights. There is a perception that it is only in ‘other’ places where children are lacking what they deserve.
“In Germany, I think the wider community considers widespread child rights abuses to be something that occurs in other countries. I think they trust that German institutions will, for the most part, get it right and that cases of children not accessing their rights are extreme outliers […] Public education should not only focus on what the rights of the children are, but also the possible consequences of them not being accessed. Education of police departments in this regard is also important.” – Bek, Germany
Whose responsibility it was to ensure the community understands children’s rights was also discussed.
“We could start by educating about what human and children rights are – and then we need to make sure that governments are exemplary in passing laws that protect rather than abuse our rights.’ – Debs, UK
“Communities should join hands together with police so as to protect street children at night.” – Matthew, Uganda
“its the goverment’s responsibility/role to remind the community with iron hand of children’s rights and responsibilities”– Isaac, Uganda
Some thought of innovative ways to spread messages about children’s rights using the media
“Having weekly community radio talk shows in every community will make people understand rights for children “ – Jessy, Uganda
“Putting children’s rights adverts on radios television and news papers” – Emma, Uganda
However, only one respondent talked about the importance of girls rights specifically meaning that maybe this is an area we should explore further in the future.
“We should always remember that extra steps/action might be needed to support girls & young women in voicing their points of view. They often face additional barriers which limit & hinder their potential.” – VeroNika
Some were worried about the fact that children’s rights aren’t achieved everywhere and others think that maybe children’s rights aren’t achieved as they are too far fetched.
“I worry that human rights are just an idea we keep in books and people are not truly committed to achieving them. Otherwise, why would we have anyone living on the streets, let alone children?” – Gavin
“Did you ever think that human and children’s rights might be too ambitious? Maybe we need to start smaller and work our way up to this level? It just feels like no one takes them seriously and don’t mind failing them at the moment so what’s the point?” – Gracie, USA