Celebrating our little ones

The theme for World Children’s Day on Sunday is ‘Inclusion, For Every Child’.

In the lead up to Sunday and on the day, hundreds of events are planned across Australia in schools, childhood education centres, workplaces, and communities.

First established in 1954, it was originally Universal Children’s Day. The event is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

It’s a disgrace that millions of children in many countries still live in abject poverty, and much more work is needed to improve their living circumstances.

November 20 is the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. And in 1989 on the same date the UN 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 UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

The United Nations website states that, ‘Mothers and 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’.

Landmark buildings around the world are expected to light up blue on the day to show support for child rights.

For more details go to: www.un.org/en/observances/world-childrens-day

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