This animated short follows an unwanted baby who is passed from house to house until he is taken in and cared for by two homeless men. The film is the Canadian contribution to an hour-long feature film celebrating UNESCO's Year of the Child (1979). It illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration of Children's Rights: every child is entitled to a name and a nationality. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.
Ages 12 to 17
Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Food and Nutrition
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Social Studies - Law
Begin by researching the Year of the Child and the Declaration of Children’s Rights. Identify Janusz Korczak and describe his role in establishing rights for all children. Examine the rights of children as established by various world agencies, beginning in 1924. Why are such safeguards necessary to protect children? Visit the following website: un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanrights/resources/plainchild.asp. Compose a personal response to what is written there.