All of the work included in this platform starts from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), its rights and principles. I believe that this is fundamental because 197 countries have ratified the Convention and, therefore, are obliged to work to ensure the holistic development of children and the fulfilment of all children’s rights, as foreseen in the international treaty. This means that it is not optional to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights. All countries have the duty to use the maximum extent of their resources to guarantee that children’s rights are realised. This includes all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognised in the Convention, as per Article 4.

A key idea has been central to all of the work I have developed: to contribute to implementing the Convention’s vision for children, namely that each and every child reaches their own human potential. To me, this means ensuring that children have all the basic life conditions to develop in a healthy manner, being that physically, mentally or spiritually; but also the possibility to develop their personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential, as provided for in Article 29 of the CRC on the Objectives of Education. For me, this double objective forces us to go beyond a mere agenda of surviving or even developing, to a real action to ensuring that all children are able to thrive. This is what really moves me, as a person and professional. Click below to find out more about how you can apply children’s rights in different contexts.