Endorsing Myself! The Convention on the Rights of the Child Seminar
In order to create an environment that providesprotection for the physical and mental development of the child and to secure their rights, Taiwan has enacted the “Implementation Act of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)” and has published national reports. All has shown how Taiwan value the rights of the child.
CHF shares the same belief. In fact, series of seminars that were designed for teenager with hearing-loss has been held in recent years. “The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Seminar” was held this summer. Through the guidance of professional lecturers, teenagers with hearing loss were able to develop self-advocacy, self-awareness and self-consciousness skills.
The seminar started with a fun activity “citizen bingo”. Teenagers were divided into groups to discuss the fundamental of “civil right” and how people has turned their opinions about the society into “social movement”. The lecturer guided teenagers to think about the correlation between themselves and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The fundamental of civil right was integrated into the activity “citizen bingo”, which allowed teenagers to think about the substances of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The second activity required teenagers to draw the needs of child and adult on posters and divided these needs into groups of “basic” and “special”. The lecturer then guided teenagers to discuss the differences and similarities between the two and why those needs matter. Lastly, the lecturer encouraged teenagers to share the drawing and the meaning behind it.
Next, through a board game that is designed by Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights, teenagers were able to learn the four general principles of The Convention on the Rights of the Child: no discrimination of any child; the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration; the right to freedom of expression and to express views freely; the right of survival and development.
A board game designed by Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights helped teenagers to learn more about the four general principles of The Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The lecturer then guided teenagers to look back into their life experiences, asked them to review their self-interests and explore their needs. During the discussion, the lecturer helped teenagers to organize and compare the needs they have compiled, and encouraged teenagers to design and come up with a new scale of convention on the rights of their own.
Teenagers were encouraged to come up to the stage and share their own convention on the rights.
At the beginning of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Seminar, many of the teenagers were unfamiliar with the topic, however, after participating a few activities, they were able to find the value and the meaning behind it. The day ended with teenagers sharing their positive feedbacks – they have not only gained the knowledge of the Conventional on the Rights of the Child but also learned better about their self-interests and rights.