Topic 6: Analysis of Quality of Life via the Articles 27, 29 and 31

Besides the analysis of the four Principles of the Convention, an analysis of the quality of life via the Articles 27, 29 and 31 of the CRC is also considered essential, as these Articles relate to both child’s development in general and to the pedagogical rationale of Human Rights Education more explicitly.   

As quality of life is directly linked to development, the link with Article 27 becomes an obvious one, as it specifically refers to the basic needs of children, such as nutrition, clothing and housing, which must be fulfilled so that children develop and experience a quality of life.

Article 29 defines the aims of education as the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; the development of respect for human rights; the development of respect for the parents, the identity, the values; the preparation for participation in democratic, peaceful societies; and the respect for the natural environment. By achieving these goals, education can be the cornerstone of children’s quality of life.

At last, the CRC in Article 31 recognises play, rest and leisure as a child’s right and at the same time obliges States to provide appropriate and equal opportunities for children to participate, as the characteristics of play and leisure and the opportunities for rest contribute to a child’s development.

For a detailed description of Articles 27, 29 and 31 please read the file “Analysis of Quality of Life via the Articles 27, 29 and 31”.