November 20th was Universal Children’s Day and though I mentioned it on Toa’s social media platforms, I didn’t have a chance to give a shout-out here on the blog.
The United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year. It’s goal is to promote international togetherness, raise awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare.
Additionally, November 20th is also an important date as on this day in 1959, 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.
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 play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations. This special 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.