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Information Sources and Awareness Level of Child Rights in Lagos State, Nigeria

Oyero, Olusola (2011) Information Sources and Awareness Level of Child Rights in Lagos State, Nigeria. Communication Review, 5 (1). pp. 87-118.

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The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child prescribes certain rights that children are entitled to enjoy placing the responsibility of ensuring these rights on parents, guidance, government among others. Article 42 of the Convention prescribes that the pi-ovisions of the Convention should be widely known even to children themselves since the value of the information given by children will increase as it becomes clear to them that ·what they think, feel, experience is valuable and important. This study examined the extent to which secondary school students in Lagos state are aware of their rights and explored their views about the exercise of these rights. Through survey method, information was obtained from 500 respondents. The findings show that the respondents professed to know about the rights of the children but many ofthem (76.2%) have never heard of the United Nations CRC. Television is the most patronized source of infonnation for the respondents from which they have received most of their information on the child rights. They also believe that they have rights and that it is the government's responsibility to make provision for meeting some of their needs like education and health. It is recommended that child rights advocates should increase their efforts in putting the rights of the child in the public space and give information on how children can demand for the fulfillment of these rights.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 21:51
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2012 21:51

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