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What is the problem with discrimination?
Discrimination can result in anxiety, depression or guilt. It can also lead to loss of interest or eating disorders. Children with special educational needs (SEN) are twice as likely to be bullied regularly than children with no SEN . Stigma and discrimination can become internalized in people with a learning disability resulting in ‘self-stigma’. This is associated with higher levels of psychological distress and lower quality of life.

Why is discrimination important for children?
Discrimination can seriously affect a child for life. Being treated in a different manner compared to others, without justification, can impact a child’s emotions and mental health which can then even lead to physical health problems. Non-discrimination is a particularly important right because discrimination can impact all the other rights a child has under the UN CRC and put under serious threat his normal and healthy development. The prohibition of non-discrimination is therefore essential for children to enjoy all their other rights written down in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

What can you do?

  • Have respect and tolerance for others around you no matter their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnicity, disability, birth etc.
  • Report any discriminatory situation that you see to the authorities
  • Spread your knowledge about the right to non-discrimination of children to everyone around you including parents and teachers