Topic 1: An Introduction to a Rights-Based Perspective of Quality of Life

The World Health Organization (WHO) defined Quality of Life as ‘an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concernsu2019 (Whoqol Group, 1995, p. 1403-1409). It is a broad ranging concept affected in a complex way by the person’s physical health, psychological state, personal beliefs, social relationships and their relationship to salient features of their environment.

Based on this definition, it is apparent that various factors are interconnected in determining an individual’s standard of quality of life. Specifically, with regards to children’s quality of life, it can similarly be claimed that the application of all the rights of the child is of paramount importance for the achievement of a quality of life. What follows is a brief discussion of the four Principles of CRC and their link with quality of life, along with how particular Articles relate to quality of life. Furthermore, the role of education for the enhancement of children’s quality of life is elaborated.