Publicado el: 12/06/2012

CHILDREN FIRST: AMIA’S APPROACH ON CHILDHOOD CARE

“Children are persons, not person to become in the future, neither the person of tomorrow, they are persons today, right now.” Janusz Korczak

The Right to have Rights

The different realities around the world express the debt still due towards childhood, towards children’s wellbeing. This means the need to acknowledge that we, as adults, and the institutions we have created, are at fault with them.

Boys and girls are people and citizens, and thus have rights. They have the right to be acknowledged as persons who deserve respect, dignity and freedom.

Guided by what we feel we owe to children, and convinced of the fact that a lost childhood cannot be saved, AMIA has deployed intense work within the framework of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of Hebrew Right, which mandates a child be considered a person with his life, development and integrity protected by law.

This Convention, approved by the United Nations in 1989 and included within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is an important legal document that categorizes boys, girls and teenagers under 18 as citizens. This is a step forward in terms of the historical paradigm that considered them passive elements with no right to intervention.

The CRC points out the main role the State, the family and society play in ensuring that children’s rights are exercised and guaranteed. In the case of society, this is done through social and community networks, as well as through the private sector.

Considering children people with special care needs also implies the specification of certain rights. To this end, universal laws have been passed that are binding for the State, parents and society. These laws ensure that all boys and girls will be protected by special regulations and will be granted access to services like education and healthcare, culture and recreation, as well as citizen participation. These laws also grant them full development of their potential in terms of their skills and personal talents, and they ensure they grow in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.                                                                 

Rights: Not Granted, But Conquered.

To ensure these rights are fully in place, it is necessary they are put into practice and not kept as a mere declaration with no content or practical consequences.

As a social organization, AMIA “acknowledges that any action related to boys and girls should prioritize the superior interest and wellbeing of the child above anything else”. (CRC) and recognizes this debt towards childhood and the need to put those rights into practice.

AMIA’s actions reflect our commitment with the promotion, advocacy and realization of these rights, especially those more vulnerable ones, within the framework of family, community and society as a whole.

This recognition implies turning an important part of AMIA’s mission into action: “To strengthen the basic principles of democracy, fostering a creative coexistence that considers the particular features of all members of society”, sustained on the institutional values derived from Jewish tradition: life, solidarity, memory, equality and respect, and continuity.

 “Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
It is the responsibility and obligation of every Jew to teach to every disciple.
Even if they are not one’s child.”
Rambam 


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