On November 23rd, 20009; many countries including Madagascar celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Convention on the Rights of the child”. In fact, 20 years ago, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The world leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.

In Madagascar, children are vulnerable. Consequently, they need special protection. In fact, like in many African countries, Malagasy children are suffering from poverty, neglect, homelessness, abuse, diseases. These problems affect many Malagasy children. When you go on the street or get on the bus, you can see many children who are selling food and news paper. We should know that these children have the right to go to school, to eat, to have fun, to wear cloths. Unfortunately, many parents do not care about their children’s rights. They oblige their children to work in order to contribute to the family expenses.

It is really good to celebrate the anniversary of this convention, but this celebration must be put into practice. In fact, by ratifying this convention on the rights of children, world leaders show their intention to protect and promote children’s rights. In this regards, we must protect and promote the children’s right. It means that the task engage not just the political leaders but all the Malagasy citizens. You can start by explaining to your children their rights. Do not wait for the government to do the mission.




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