World Children's Day
World Children’s Day was established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on the 20th of November each year
World Children’s Day was established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on the 20th of November each year to promote worldwide togetherness and awareness for children internationally and improving children’s welfare.
The date November 20th is an important day as it is the date in 1959 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.
Mothers, fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls, and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations.
World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
This year the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime. It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create. So, promote and celebrate children’s rights this year on November 20th with an aim to build a friendly and safe environment for children either through dialogue or through actions.
This can be by participating in community activities. You can host your own event meant to help adults spend quality time with the children from the community. This can be as simple as meeting in a local park, or it could be a more elaborate party organized by the local counsel. Either way, the point is to show the children how important it is to build a bond with the community. Another way you can show your support is by sponsoring a child. UNICEF and other organizations have made it easier than ever to donate or even sponsor a child and a small donation can go a long way in changing the life of a child. If you’ve ever thought about sponsoring a child, or donating to an international organization, make today the day to do it.
Investing in our future means investing in our children. It is a time to promote togetherness around the world and awareness of the problems children faces in every corner of the globe, to help improve the welfare for all children.
Find out more at: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-childrens-day
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