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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Topic(s): Children & Families


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a treaty that comprehensively provides for the rights of children. It sets out international standards on the provision of healthcare, education, legal and social services for children. Singapore acceded to UNCRC in October 1995, and the Inter-Ministry Commitee on the UNCRC (IMC-CRC) serves as an inter-agency platform to monitor Singapore's progress in implementing the Convention.

Featuring the UNCRC in the Little Red Dot and IN student newspapers

To help students understand the Convention in Singapore's context, the IMC-CRC worked with the Singapore Press Holdings and published features in student newspapers, Little Red Dot and IN:

Storybooks explaining the four general principles of the UNCRC, available at public libraries

The following series of children's storybooks brings to life the four general principles of the UNCRC:

a. Non-discrimination: 'Is Rainbowsaurus So Different from Us?' shares the experiences of Libby the the Rainbowsaurus as she moves into a new neighbourhood filled with Blusauruses and tries to fit in.

b. Best interests of the child: 'The Best Recipe for Tofu' tells of the struggles of a kitten called Tofu who works long hours selling fish and lacks adequate rest and care.

c. Right to life, survival and development: In 'Elvis and the Feathers School of Music', find out if Elvis the frog fulfils his dreams of joining a music school to develop his singing talent.

d. Respect for the views of the child: In 'I Want to Be a Cheese Taster', marvel at a class of adorable little mice discussing what they want to do when they grow up.

Booklet on the UNCRC's articles

To help educate children and their caregivers on children’s rights, the booklet below presents all 54 articles under the UNCRC in a simplified manner: