Children in Timor-Leste talk about child rights

Today we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)! We’ve asked children from around East Asia and the Pacific what the CRC means to them.

Here is what children in Timor-Leste said:

Why do you think it is important to have a special set of rights for children?
Geraldo, 8: I know that children have rights. Children have rights to play and go to school. This is very important. And it’s important that others know about our rights.

Which part of the Convention is most important to you?
Brilha, 9: I like Article 7 because it says that every child has a right to a name and nationality. And because of that I have my birth certificate.

Do you feel like your views are sometimes ignored by adult. What do you wish you could tell them?
Caibauk, 9: Yes, sometimes my parents do not listen to me or ignore what I say. I don’t know why. Maybe because I’m wrong. I don’t say anything to them. But sometimes I wish I could tell them, “You don’t listen to me, so I will also not listen to you”.

What do you hope the future will be like for you and another children in your country?
Crisensia, 9: I want a good situation in the future so that we can play freely and go to school. I want to become a medical doctor and I want my friends to become medical doctors, teachers and ministers.

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