My rights and responsibilities as an adolescent and youth

We all have rights. These are so important that they are Chapter 2 of the Constitution of South Africa, the highest law in South Africa. Each of these rights comes with a responsibility to uphold the rights of others; so our rights cannot prevent the rights of others.

It's important to know your rights, so that if someone does threaten them, you can do something about it. Talk to a trusted adult if you think your rights are being violated. Some of the most important rights, and the responsibilities that go with them, are:

The right to be cared for and protected by a family. With this comes the responsibility to care for and respect your family.

The right to free speech. The responsibility here is to make sure you don't get in the way of somebody else's freedom of speech. Be respectful of what others say, even if you don't agree.

The right to food, shelter, and a healthy environment to live in. It's up to you to value and take care of these resources.

The right to health care. Your responsibility is to take care of your own health, and to protect yourself from disease wherever you can.

The right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. This comes with the responsibility to report it when you or others are abused.

The right to education. You are given the responsibility to make the most of the schooling you get.

The right to equality – this means that people shouldn't treat you differently based on things like your sex or gender, disability, sexuality, race or culture. It's important that you do the same for others, too.

If you want to learn more about these rights, check out a copy of the Constitution at your library or school, or here

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B-Wise User Stephenod74 15 July 2016 00:14

Treat others as you would have them treat you!

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