The Institute for Global Education is actively involved in the Grand Rapids area campaign for USA ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC was adopted by the U. N. General Assembly on November 20, 1989 (Universal Children’s Day). Exactly 19 years later, Parenting for Peace, working under the auspices of IGE, began a local campaign to help secure USA ratification. We believe it should not take 20 years for the USA to ratify the CRC!
Nations that ratify the CRC agree to respect and support the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents to provide direction and guidance for the development of their children. In addition, the CRC calls on governments to develop policies conducive to family and community environments that will allow children to grow up in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
The CRC sets forth basic norms and standards that individual nations agree to pursue on behalf of their children. Those internationally recognized norms include:
Effects so far in various countries have included separation of detained juveniles from adults and providing them legal representation, extended ability to prosecute for child prostitution and pornography, reform of the child protection system, training of criminal justice personnel in child-friendly practices, revised justice codes for children, reduction in hitting and other abuse of children.
We of Parenting for Peace work with other groups, local and otherwise, including the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the CRC, a national coalition which brings together many interested groups. See childrightscampaign.org for more info on that coalition and on the CRC. We are also looking into the possibility of getting a City of Grand Rapids resolution in support of the Convention.
If this effort excites you, we welcome your help! If you have ideas, please share them. We are open, we love enthusiasm, and we value diverse approaches. Contact us to learn more and get involved, or become a member and receive regular updates about our work.