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Leo Semashko. About children's harmony and children’s priority

About the children's harmony and children’s priority


Janusz Korczak (1918):


Children's harmony of the vital functions … To ensure to children a freedom of harmonious development of all spiritual forces, to liberate all completeness of the latent opportunities and to bring up in a respect for good, beauty, freedom … The main idea is that a child is a person like us - a valuable person…There is no age hierarchy.


Mahatma Gandhi (1945):


If we are ever to have real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the United Nations has proclaimed:

childhood is entitled to special care and assistance


Convention o­n the Rights of the Child (1989):


PREAMBLE: Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding


Article 3

1. In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.


Article 4

States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international co-operation.


Article 6

2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.


Article 18

1. States Parties shall use their best efforts to ensure recognition of the principle that both parents have common responsibilities for the upbringing and development of the child. Parents or, as the case may be, legal guardians, have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child. The best interests of the child will be their basic concern.


Elmar Sokolov (2003):


It is necessary to re-build society so that the interests of children receive priority


Nobel Peace Laureates (2004) - Mikhail Gorbachev, Kim Dae-Jung, Lech Walesa, Joseph Rotblat, Jose Ramos-Horta, Betty Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, and Rigoaberta Menchu Tum:


Children remain our most important neglected treasure. Their protection, security and health should be the highest priority.


Nelson Mandela:


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World.


Leo Semashko (2006):


Education is the children and youth o­n 95 %, hence "the most powerful weapon to change the World" are children and youth.

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