UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
The American International School of Zagreb endorses the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which our host country, Croatia, is a signatory. AISZ seeks to be a safe haven for students who may be experiencing abuse or neglect in any aspect of their lives.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child includes 54 articles to which governments are expected to be signatories. The principal articles, relevant to AISZ, include:
Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all decisions and actions that affect children.
Article 12: Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.
Article 19: [Governments] must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.
Article 39: Children who have experienced neglect, abuse, exploitation, torture or who are victims of war must receive special support to help them recover their health, dignity, self-respect and social life.