Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Al-Ahmadiyya, May 1979 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 5, p. 15)

Men and women of all nations, recognizing that mankind owes to the child the best it has to give, declare and accept it as their duty to meet this obligation in all respects.

  1. The child must be protected beyond and above all considerations of race, nationality or creed.
  2. The child must be cared for with due respect for the family as an entity.
  3. The child must be given the means requisite for its normal development — materially, morally and spiritually.
  4. The child that is hungry must be fed; the child that is sick must be nursed; the child that is mentally or physically handicapped must be helped; the maladjusted child must be re-educated; the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succoured.
  5. The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
  6. The child must enjoy the full benefits provided by social welfare and social security schemes, must receive a training which will enable it, at the right time, to earn a livelihood, and must be protected against every form of exploitation.
  7. The child must be brought up in the consciousness that its talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.

The Declaration was drafted in 1923 by Eglantyne Jebb (1876–1928), Founder of the Save the Children Fund, and revised in 1948 by the present Declaration of the Rights of the Child, commonly known as the Declaration of Geneva.