World Children's Day
- 20 November
Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November. Its goal is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.
What is Universal Children’s Day?
Initially launched in 1954, Universal Children’s day has seen some milestone events in the field of child welfare. Marking the anniversary of the dates when the UN General assembly adopted both the declaration and convention of children’s rights.
The convention sets out a number of children’s rights such as the rights to be protected from violence and discrimination and the rights to life, health and education.
What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
In 1989 something incredible happened. Against the backdrop of changing world order, world leaders came together and made a historic commitment to the world’s children.
They made a promise to every child to protect and fulfil their right. They did this by adopting an international legal framework – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Contained in this treaty is a profound idea: that children are not just objects who belong to their parents and for whom decisions are made or adults in training. Rather, they are human beings and individuals with their own rights.
The Convention says childhood is separate from adulthood and lasts until 18; it is a special, protected time, in which children must be allowed to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity.
The Convention went on to become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and has helped transform children’s lives.
How we will mark this day
To celebrate Universal Children’s Day , The Gowanbank Parent Council will work with Senior leadership team at Gowanbank Primary School and LCR to devise a day of fun events with a serious message to raise awareness of challenges faced by children.