… that children are the cradle of society,
… that everyone has a significant role to play in society,
… that children’s rights have been consistently abused in the past,
… that the girl-child has been discriminated against in the past,
… that the discrimination of the girl-child consequently impacts on the status of women,
… that all are born free and equal,
… that neglecting children’s rights today is sowing seeds of discord that can only yield fruits of decadence tomorrow,
… that children’s voices have been unheard in the past.
Believing that children are:
… fountains of joy and knowledge,
… the cornerstone for the survival of the human race,
… reservoirs of intelligence,
… data banks of world leaders,
… our future,
Affirming our commitment to:
… eradicating abuses against children,
… championing children’s rights
… giving children a voice,
… improving the status of the girl-child and consequently the status of women
Hereby declare these as our core Values:
The best interest of the child
The child comes first and the child’s best interest is considered paramount in all that we do.
Equality and equity
We acknowledge that all persons are born equal and hence should be treated equally. The CRADLE however acknowledges historical injustices against certain categories and hence promotes equity to assist in attainment of equality.
To protect the right to equality, we recognize the importance of non-discrimination as a principle. The CRADLE promotes actions that do not discriminate against any category of children.
To enable children realize their full potential, The CRADLE recognizes the principle of meaningful child participation.
We hold honesty, accountability and transparency paramount in our dealings.
Respect for human rights
Respect for the rights of others is core in our work.
Commitment to The CRADLE’s cause
We are committed to the cause of child protection both in public and in private.