Learn About Child Rights — Through Hip-Hop?!

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The wife?sent me a flyer for an event over Facebook this morning, and I thought she finally found a hip-hop course for our 3-year-old son, thus taking her first step to realising her dreams of being mother to a K-Pop star.

Alas, Xan will have to live another few years to qualify for Kim Hyun Joong status; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Dance Engagement Programme 2012 caters for kids aged 12-18 years of age.

Organised by the very recently renamed Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF, formerly MCYS), the event hopes to teach our youth about the UNCRC’s guiding principles of children’s rights:

“- That all children?should not be discriminated?against, on any basis, including race, colour, sex, language, religion, and disability.

– That children have a right to?survival and development?in all aspects of their lives, including the physical, emotional, psycho-social, cognitive, social and cultural.

– That the?best interests of the child?must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions affecting the child, or children as a group.

– That children should be allowed to?express their opinions, especially in matters concerning themselves.”

Seriously, all this, through teaching dance skills? If the Blogfather wasn’t 12 years past the programme’s age limit, I would be signing up for this just to see how they plan to pull this off.

Snarkiness aside, the UNCRC was formulated in 1989 by the United Nations to address a need for a unique set of legal considerations for under-18s — legal rights that are not otherwise offered to adults. Today, the UNCRC’s 4 abovementioned general principles are incoporated in much of our legal framework and processes that deal with under-18s in terms of individual protection, family management, and even delinquency.

But these principles aren’t just for governments to ratify; they’re also really sensible guidelines for parents to bring their children up on. Ultimately the UNCRC nurtures very strong core values of societal respect, individuality and freedom in children as they grow up (not to mention parents as well), so it’s really heartening to see the MSF backing the initiative.

The UNCRC Dance Engagement Programme 2012 Workshop will be held at Danz People Studios, 1 Selegie Road #02-18, POMO (formerly Paradiz Centre) Singapore 188306

Workshops for 12-18 years are scheduled on 19, 21, 23, 26, 27 & 29 November 2012. There are also 2 classes for 7 to 11 year olds on Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 and 24 Nov 2012.?And they’re all free!

For more information about the workshop, please call 6377 3173 (Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 6:30pm) or you can email to

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