To learn is a challenge itself, but to learn to be a citizen is a personal, community and global challenge. Citizenship is learned by knowledge and exercise.
Boys and girls learn the alphabet letter by letter; they learn their sound and their shape, the bases of literacy. Learning about citizenship parts from the same concept: our rights are the letters, and our participation, reflection, and legal framework are the sound, writing, and transformation. In the first example we learn to read, in the second example we learn to exercise our rights.
To learn to become citizens, we need teachers, guides, tools and fun strategies to learn, explore, and participate.
The importance of Rights in a child’s education
Educating children to learn their rights begins when they are infants. This is a time in which children learn to grow in safe, peaceful spaces, where diversity is promoted. Little Citizens that know their Right to Health will respect their environment and care for their well-being. Little Citizens that know their Right to Education will participate in school activities and promote Child Rights. Little Citizens that know their Right to Safety will respond to aggressions in a peaceful manner, looking to foment dialogue and peaceful environments. Let’s value children as people, and form citizens.
The new generations of children will be the future leaders of our country, let us educate them in terms of solidarity, tolerance, and lawfulness. Let us promote respect towards other’s opinions, the search for agreements, and the ability to manage conflicts.
Pequeñ@s Ciudadan@s in alliance with Playkids
This 2018 summer we are proud to announce the launching of the Pequeñ@s Ciudadan@s animated series in collaboration with Playkids, Latin America’s major platform in educative content for boys and girls. The series is based on the life of our Little Citizens: 5 boys and 4 girls between the age of 8 and 9. These Little Citizens narrate their daily adventures during recess, in the classroom and at home. Here is where the questions arise… what if…? Our Little Citizens must take decisions that encourage friendship, care for the environment, put a stop to violence, and promote inclusion between friends.
Throughout marvelous illustrations and fun situations, our Little Citizens show us about respecting rules, personal care and Child Rights. The series is available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. They have a duration of approximately one minute, and each episode is based on one of the Child Rights established by the United Nations (UN): Right to Equality, Right to Health, Right to Education, Right to Rest and Play, Right to Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Right to a Violence-Free Life, and Right to Special Care for Children with Disabilities.
What you can learn in our videos:
- The importance of having rules to coexist at home, in school and in the street
- Better ways of expressing yourself
- Peaceful resolution of conflicts
- Care for our bodies
- Care for the environment
Enjoy the series here: