The Convention on the Rights of the Child, popularly known as the CRC, is a promise between Governments across the world that they would do everything to protect and promote children’s rights – to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to help them reach their full potential.
Bhutan signed and ratified the CRC in 1990, and committed itself to ensure that all children in the country have the right to grow up with love, care, and respect.
Child friendly CRC Booklet (Click here to download the English and Dzongkha versions of the Child-friendly CRC Booklet) – Published in 2014 to mark 25 years of the CRC, the Child-friendly CRC booklet is dedicated to every child. The booklet gives information on various rights of all children everywhere. On the back cover page of the booklet, you will find the contact details of organizations that work towards promoting children’s rights in Bhutan. This CRC booklet is especially designed for children. UNICEF Bhutan together with the National Commission for Women and Children has translated the guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into a mandala, blending the Buddhist approach to life with the basic framework of the CRC. In Sanskrit, ‘mandala’ means circle or center, and its use in Buddhism combines an appreciation for the artistic form as well as its meditative role. The center – the abode of the deity, in this case the child, is surrounded by a series of circles and squares symbolizing the principles of the Convention and emphasizing their symmetry, interdependence and interrelatedness. As a ripple in a pond, each idea builds upon the next as it grows larger and flows outward. The cardinal points are the four main provisions and principles of the Convention – survival, development, protection and participation. The mandala is traditionally a vehicle used for concentrating the mind so that it can pass beyond superficial thoughts and focus more precisely on valued concepts progressing toward enlightening the mind. Through use of this mandala, UNICEF hopes to promote greater understanding and awareness regarding the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Bhutan.
You can also download the Child friendly CRC poster to read about all the rights.
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