For more than one year we accompanied students of a class with special language support at the Albert Gutzmann School in Berlin-Wedding during an exciting project on children’s rights and tobacco. They explored how and where children’s rights are infringed during the production and due to the consumption of tobacco. For example, they have been talking about child labour in tobacco growing and the health harms of smoking and secondhand smoke. They particularly discussed the rights to health, education and to protection from exploitation.
A video clip for the UN Committee
During several participatory workshops in school, the students designed posters and produced videoclips. They explained their views on tobacco and expressed their autonomously developed demands.
The clips have been cut into one video. Today, this video together with a letter from the students was sent to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. With this important contribution to the civil society’s reports the students send their message to politicians, media and the public.
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Children’s rights are defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and, since 1992, it is in force in Germany. In April 2019, Germany has submitted its due state report to the UN Committee. Civil society is also invited to report to the committee. Last year, the German Institute for Human Rights submitted its parallel report and the National Coalition Germany presented its supplementary report as well as a children report.
The particular beauty of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is that children and adolescents can hand in their own reports. The students of the Albert Gutzmann School have seized this opportunity well.
Look into our galery where the children show the posters they designed against tobacco.
Press release for World No Tobacco Day 2020: 19 civil society organisations working on public health, sustainable development and children's rights turn to the UN CRC and criticizes the impact of deficient tobacco control in Germany.
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