Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international human rights instrument to date. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, it represents a major shift in how children were viewed. For the first time, children were seen as innate rights holders, as universal citizens with a unique set of rights: rights to education, to leisure, to participate in society, to health, to protection.

To commemorate Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The International Child Protection Network of Canada has organized an event with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to bring forth solutions to barriers to education. Taking place today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie will host a moderated panel with Child Protection experts and Youth participants, entitled Removing Barriers and Promoting Protection in and Around School.

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