The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, signed on May 19th 2004 in Geneva an agreement aimig at researching and documenting resources on teachings, approaches, perspectives and practices in world religions vis-à-vis the individual child, children and young people.
The joint study project assessed how the child, children and young people are portrayed in religious scriptures, are cared for, are ministered to and are treated in religious communities and how young people view themselves in their religious context.
A smaller and practical resource guide is in the making to help religious communities (e.g. religious leaders, faith-based organizations, people involved in interreligious relations and cooperation) promote the realization of children’s rights as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This guide will be based on the work of religious scholars of the major religious traditions.
The resource guide will reflect the connections between the various religious traditions and the core principles of the CRC and will hopefully enable an interaction between religious communities and the CRC as well as promoting a dialogue with child rights organizations (e.g. UNICEF, Save the Children).
The resource guide will
- illustrate various perspectives on the child as transmitted by religious traditions, to bring forth areas of cohesion between religious traditions and the CRC, notwithstanding differences and disparities between religious traditions themselves and in their relationship to the CRC
- show connections and areas of common ground towards promoting interreligious cooperation for the sake of children.
A video highlighting some of the issues discussed by the study team during the meetings. Click here to view the video.
The Study Team
For more details about the Joint Study, please contact
Ms. Agneta Ucko
Director – Arigatou International
Tel: + 41 79 509 79 23