To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, secondary school students in Québec were invited to take part in a writing competition held by the organization Éducaloi. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) contributed to the initiative by awarding a prize to one of the winning authors.
Dubbed Jeunes du monde, the competition was open to second-cycle (Secondary III, IV and V) students. It was aimed at raising awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in November 1989. Ratified by 193 governments — in other words, by all of the UN member states — the Convention is the most widely ratified international human rights instrument. Québec has deemed itself to be bound by the Convention since 1991.
The participants were invited to tackle one of the following Convention themes: freedom of religion, family, work-school balance, sentences applicable to teenagers.
The three winners received their prizes during a ceremony held on February 22 at the Appeal Court of Québec. The MRI awarded $1,500 to Jean-Philippe Le Pape, a student at Externat Saint-Jean-Eudes, a school in Québec City, who submitted the best Secondary V entry. His text focused on children’s rights on the international stage.
The Jeunes du monde competition was organized by Éducaloi in partnership with UNICEF Québec and the International Bureau for Children’s Rights. Éducaloi is a non-profit organization devoted to informing Quebecers about their rights and obligations by making legal information available in everyday language.
Convention on the Rights of the Child