Save the Children 5-Point Declaration of Rights

The roots of modern children's rights can be traced back to 1923 when Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, wrote the first Declaration of the Rights of the Child for the International Save the Children Union:
THE CHILD must be given the means requisite for its normal development, both materially and spiritually.
THE CHILD that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must be nursed, the child that is backward must be helped, the delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succoured.
THE CHILD must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
THE CHILD must be put in a position to earn a livelihood, and must be protected against every form of exploitation.
THE CHILD must be brought up in the consciousness that its talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.
It was adopted by the League of Nations (the precursor to the United Nations) in September 1924 and the five points subsequently became known as the Declaration of Geneva.



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