Summary: This is the initial version of the
Convention of the Rights of the Child
drafted by the Save the Children's
founder, Eglantyne Jebb, in 1923. It
was adopted by the League of
Nations in 1924.
Declaration on the Rights of the Child (1923)
Eglantyne Jebb/International Save the Children Union
(Adopted by the League of Nations as the Declaration of Geneva,
1. The child must be given the means requisite for its normal
development, both materially and spiritually.
2. The child that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must
be helped, the child that is backward must be helped, the
delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif
must be sheltered and succoured.
3. The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.
4. The child must be put in a position to earn a livelihood, and
must be protected against every form of exploitation.
5. The child must be brought up in the consciousness that its
talents must be devoted to the service of its fellow men.
Owner: Eglantyne Jebb