"Working with Religious Communities" - Side Event Human Rights Council - Thursday 8 March - 13:-00-14:15 - Palais des Nations Room XXIII
Early childhood is a critical developmental stage when children and youth learn the foundations of respect, empathy, solidarity, and to trust one another. In its preamble, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recognizes that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding. As with all groups of children, young children are holders of all the rights enshrined in the CRC, including the right to special protection and the right to life, survival and development to the maximum extent possible.
The creation of safe environments during early years can help nurture the brain and allow children to learn about life and relate with others. “It is during early years that the child’s brain architecture is developing most rapidly, habits are formed, differences are recognized and emotional ties are built through positive social relationships and day to day interactions in homes and neighborhoods".