María Cobo Uzquiza

Maestra de Audición y Lenguaje por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (España)
Máster en Necesidades, Derechos y Cooperación en Infancia por el Instituto Universitario IUNDIA adscrito a la UAM y UNICEF – Comité Español. Proyecto de investigación “La educación para el desarrollo en el Sistema Educativo del Estado Español. Posibles alternativas a la práctica curricular”
Ha trabajado en Centros Educativos Especiales específicos en Trastorno Generalizado del Desarrollo y Centros especializados en Educación para Sordos en Londres y Madrid.

All the children in the world are equal rights holders. In spite of this, millions of children are unaware of their rights and suffer constant grave violations of Human Rights. Education on Children´s Rights is an important and constructive tool to report cases of non-compliance and to break the chain of poverty and trans-generational damage.


All the children are equal rights holders, and so they have particular rights that recognize their special need for protection. Unfortunately, that fact makes them particularly vulnerable being exposed to different types of violence, exploitation and abuse. Putting children´s needs first in legislation, policies and social services could be the first step to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.


The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified human rights treaty in history and so governments are obliged to act into accordance with its directives; to transform the standards into reality for all children; and to abstain from any action that may preclude the enjoyment of those rights or violate them.


The recognition of children´s rights is a steep path that must be started from education and training. The implementation on Children´s rights education is fundamental to build an active and responsible citizenship. But beyond the fulfilment of a legal obligation, children’s rights education has value for children.

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Political advocacy is an essential tool for further steps in Children´s Rights. To do so, it needs to maintain development education and child and youth participation as policy instruments.

Recurso 13
The right to participate is relevant to the exercise of all other rights, within the family, the school and the larger community context. The key to genuine participation is ensuring respect for their views. Participation is about children having the opportunity to express their views freely and achieve change.
Fuente: Petaling Jaya Child Council
Tipo: Video []
Idioma: English
Fecha: 2011
Recurso 14
The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure was adopted during the 66th session of the UN General Assembly on 2011 The Protocol introduces a communications procedure that allows children to submit a complaint about violations of their rights by their State to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.