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  Child poverty in Argentina
Updated 11 November 2002, 11.37
Poverty in Argentina

Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Human rights

Overview
Over 300 weary schoolchildren have finished a 4,500 km (2,800 mile) march to protest about poverty and basic rights in Argentina.

This activity explores the human rights issues concerning children.

Learning aims

  • Where our human rights come from, how they are made and enforced.

  • Why human rights are important.

  • Introduce the thinking behind the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Icebreaker
Read the story 'Argentinian kids march 4,500km for rights'.

Introduce the phrase 'human rights' and ask the class for their definitions. Discuss how they would feel if they were made to live without:

  • An education
  • Proper healthcare
  • Shelter
  • Job opportunities
Map of Argentina

Main Activity
Divide the class into small groups. The students work through these questions in their groups.

1. How would you define 'human rights'?

Something that protects you from being abused by others.

2. What rights do we have?

  • Right to life
  • Right to a fair trial
  • Freedom from torture
  • Right to protest
  • Freedom from discrimination
  • Right to privacy

3. Can you place these rights in order of importance?

4. Where do our rights come from?

Politicians, parents, lawyers, God.

5. How can we change our rights?

By lobbying a politician, by voting, by protesting, by educating people.

6. Who has changed peoples rights in the past? How have they done this?

Martin Luther King, Hitler, Emily Pankhurst, Malcolm X.

7. What would you do if someone violated your rights?

Protest, go to the Press, phone a lawyer.

Extension activity
What can the UK do to help children out of slavery?

Plenary
The groups feedback their ideas to the rest of the class.

Focus the discussion on why human rights are necessary and how they should be upheld.

Teachers' Background

Argentina:

  • Is rich in resources and has a well-educated workforce. But economic growth has not matched expectations.

  • An International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail-out package of nearly 40 billion dollars was agreed in December 2000. But planned tax rises and cuts in social welfare programmes led to a political crisis in March 2001.

  • The economic crisis worsened and in December 2001 popular protests against these measures pressured president Fernando de la Rua to quit.

  • Corruption in the legal, police and civil service still remains to be tackled.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child:

  • The Convention was adopted as an international human rights treaty on 20 November 1989.

  • The Convention contains the Optional Protocol.

  • The Protocol prohibits recruitment and deployment of any person younger than 18 years.

  • It has been signed by 85 countries so far.

  • It was created over a period of ten years.

For all links and resources click at top right.


More InfoBORDER=0
UKWhat does 'poverty' mean?
WorldScandal of children sold as slaves
WorldArgentinian kids march 4,500kms for rights
Find OutOur guide to the UN
Club'I want to end child poverty'

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Past StoriesBORDER=0
Child slaves

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Web Links
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Amnesty International
Unicef
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