Today is World Children’s Day!
We are celebrating because on November 20th, 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.
But what are children’s rights and why do they matter?
Children’s rights matter because they ensure children are thought of and viewed as human beings. This ensures them a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. We must do everything in our power to protect and promote children’s rights because every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Sadly, children still need our help. Old challenges alongside a plethora of new ones, deprive children around the globe of their right to develop and grow.
For example, education is still out of reach for many children. There are over 61 million primary age children out of school as of 2015. Although this number has decreased from 100 million in 2000, there is still a great deal of work to do. Education is truly a ladder out of poverty, and without a primary education, many children will suffer well into their adulthood. They are barred from school by poverty, discrimination, armed conflict, emergencies and the effects of climate change.
Education is just one of the problems stopping children from living their best lives. That’s why we must #GoBlue this World Children’s Day. Together we can build a world where every child is happy, in school, and safe from harm.
Take Action Challenge:
- #GoBlue by wearing blue clothing or accessories and share with the world on social media
- Sign this petition by UNICEF to call on world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge that these rights are non-negotiable!
- Take part in the World’s Largest Lesson using the School Activity Packs
- Transform your website and social media platforms by turning them blue for the day