Children’s rights, or how we follow Janusz Korczak today


We live in difficult but interesting times of tremendous political, economic, social and scientific changes. We have experienced a fascination with scientific and technical discoveries. The Internet has changed the face of the world before our eyes. We can do so much.

And at the same time, we see that science, information technology and robotics are not enough. The world needs values, it needs authority. Not only physicists, microbiologists, economists. It also needs poets, philosophers and teachers. People are simple and unusual. Such was and is for us today Janusz Korczak, considered one of the moral authorities of the twentieth century. Janusz Korczak was a great educator who taught how to love a child, how to deal with a child, how to meet a child, how to understand a child, how to communicate with him. He was an advocate for children’s rights.

Unfortunately, children today are increasingly becoming victims of violence, armed conflicts, genocide and ethnic cleansing, which is a matter of serious concern. In many parts of the world, they are still subject to trafficking, economic and sexual exploitation. The rights of the child are our common responsibility – rulers, scholars, non-governmental organizations, teachers and educators.

Marek Michalak


Marek Michalak
Polish Ombudsman for Children`s Rights