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World Children’s Day: 20th of November

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Children are the future of the nation and the entire world as well. They inherit the identity of a nation and continue it from one generation to another. Their innocence and ability to adapt to new things and situations adhere to everyone. World’s Children’s Day is a celebration rejoiced by every individual in the world in the name of the children around the world. Annually, the children’s day is celebrated on the 20th of November to shower love and affection towards children. This day is set to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness, improve child welfare worldwide that will build a better world for children. The day celebrated to honor children globally aiming at protecting them from working long hours in dangerous circumstances and allowing access to rightful education.

Children are the leaders of the future. With great enthusiasm schools and colleges celebrate Children’s day. Hence, every school and colleges celebrate this day with various events like quiz, debates, cultural programs like dance, music, drama, talk shows and, seminars where inspirational personalities from various fields like sports, education, cultural and entertainment sector come and deliver motivational speeches to the students. Teachers organize and perform various cultural events for the students. Teachers made their day special on this day.

Several NGOs take this day as the opportunity to prolong a helping hand to children and have gathered to take an initiative this children day. Their motto is to make the children aware of their rights and to make them understand that their voice matters the most. They also organize several programs for underprivileged children. Often, people distribute books, food, chocolates, toys, and other necessary items among the children. Also, they organize cultural events for the orphanages where the children participate in events like quiz, dance, music, sports, etc. Even prizes, awards are distributed to the children. Various awareness sessions are conducted to make the children aware of various schemes implemented or announced by the government for their education, health, and welfare.

Even on television, some special programs are telecasted on this day. Several newspapers also bring out special articles on this day, which demonstrates the immense talent of the children in various corners of the country.

The children’s day is also celebrated in other countries as well. Likewise, countries such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom observe the day as Universal Children’s Day on November 20 and organize events that mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. India celebrates its Day on November 14 and also celebrates the birthday of India’s first Prime Minister Mr. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ‘Chacha.’

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A time to celebrate and a time to demand action for child rights. The thirty -years of child rights have helped transform children’s lives around the world.

Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. For every child, every right.” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

UNICEF has been celebrating children’s day in the rejoice of being able to help children for 30 years. It has been able to contribute to more than 50% reduction in deaths of children under 5 since 1989, almost halved the proportion of undernourished children since 1990 and 2.6 billion more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990. They have been celebrating this day by organizing sports competitions and other competitions. They have also spoken about mental health is equally important in a child’s development on children’s day in earlier years. This year they have started a campaign in which children are asking for their right to dream, and for social equality.

On the other hand, the UN has also planned to an initiative of putting children’s overall development before anything else. It is highly recommended by UN members to survey and manage the reports that can help utilize resources sustainably for children’s overall development. This is their regard is creating a better future for the whole world.

Children’s day celebration is a tribute. Let’s come together to support our commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of all children.

“Happy Children’s Day 2019”

  • Swechha Poudel