Children’s Rights Poem

In grade 4, students are learning about rights and responsibilities as human beings and global citizens. As children, students are discovering that they have many universal rights as declared by the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20 November 1989.

Here is a poem that reflects the rights of all children:

There shall be peace on earth, but not until
All children daily eat their fill,
Go warmly clad against the winter wind
And learn their lessons with a tranquil mind.
And then, released from hunger, fear and need
Regardless of their color, race or creed
Look upward smiling to their skies,
Their faith in life reflected in their eyes.

Dorothy Roigt

This poem was printed on a calendar for 2002, displayed in the United Nations Building in New York.

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