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Manual for Early Childhood Rights Indicators (Manual of the Indicators of General Comment 7*)

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General Comment 7: Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood (GC7) was drafted and adopted in response to the observation by the Committee on the Rights of the Child ( UNCRC) that young children under the age of 8 years were often overlooked in States parties’ reporting in progress towards implementing the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Manual presents a set of 15 child-rights indicators inspired by the General Comment that will help to assess whether young children’s rights are being upheld. It promotes better data collection, more careful analysis of data and consequently more complete reporting and monitoring of young children’srights.
The Manual gives comprehensive advice on which questions to ask, which ways and where to find the information and which duty bearers to involve. Data disaggregation will help to better understand the problems of care, development and education in young childhood, identify7 target groups of young children with particular needs and develop policies and programs that effectively contribute to overcome
poverty, poor health, illiteracy and dependency on social welfare. Most importantly, it will assist State parties to fulfill their obligation towards the youngest members and rights holders of their societies.

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