Thank you Germany: Part 065: Clear children's rights take care of the next generation

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Specialist: Sanjay Sauldie

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Germany does not only offer adults a special level of security. The country's youngest inhabitants in particular are entitled to a clear catalogue of rights - and these are also enforced. Children's rights in Germany are more extensive than in many other countries. And the social security of children is also taken into account in this country. They even keep an eye on the economic situation of children. If this turns out to be bad, there is guaranteed to be critical press coverage.

Even those who want to win political elections cannot neglect the well-being of future generations and the young population. In other countries, the situation of children is not always so good. In many other countries around the world, for example, school attendance is not even regulated by law. Instead of going to school, children here are used for child labour. In Germany, child labour is prohibited by law. Instead, the law stipulates an obligation to attend school until the age of 16. This means that all children are guaranteed a basic education. As part of this, they learn to read and write, for example.

In this way, they can also read their rights later and make use of them. But it also ensures arithmetic and a basic vocational qualification. Compulsory education in a public school is one of the most important pillars of a democratic society. It trains people to become responsible citizens. Responsible citizens can form their own opinions on political decisions and participate in the political decision-making process of a society through elections and socio-political debate. The fact that the citizens of a society can do precisely this is one of the important prerequisites for democracy. However, the economic security and physical integrity of children is also an important prerequisite for a good life.

Both are granted in Germany through basic rights. On the one hand, parents receive child benefit for their children. This is intended to ensure that the child receives support to grow up and does not go hungry. Secondly, there are clear legal regulations that prohibit violence against children. Even a slap in the face against children is a criminal offence in Germany. Children cannot defend themselves against adults. A child's small body can be severely damaged by being hit. And violence against defenceless people results in long-term psychological damage.

For all these reasons, it is good and important that acts of violence of any kind against children are prohibited. This is not always the case in other countries. The special legal situation in Germany is one of the country's advantages. It ensures that many children have a better status. Not all abuse can be prevented as a result. However, where criminal offences become apparent, youth welfare offices also have the opportunity to intervene.

This allows children to be pulled out of difficult situations. This special opportunity is extremely important for children. Both the law and the youth welfare offices can help children. In many other countries, the little inhabitants of the earth would be left to fend for themselves instead. In this case, Germany as a state governed by the rule of law must clearly be thanked. Children are better supported here than in many other countries.

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Sanjay Sauldie, born in India, grew up in Germany, studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Cologne, did his Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK) on digital disruption and digital transformation (2017) and was trained at EMERITUS (Singapore) in the MIT method of design thinking (2018). He is Director of the European Internet Marketing Institute EIMIA. Awarded the Internet Oscar "Golden Web Award" by the International World Association of Webmasters in Los Angeles/USA and twice the "Innovation Award of the Initiative Mittelstand", he is one of the most sought-after European experts on the topics of digitalisation in companies and society. In his lectures and seminars, he ignites a firework of impulses from practice for practice. He manages to make the complex world of digitalisation understandable for everyone in simple terms. Sanjay Sauldie captivates his audience with his vivid language and encourages them to put his valuable tips into practice immediately - a real asset to any event!
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