Equality and inclusion for every child
World Children’s Day 2022
World Children’s Day – celebrated on 20th November – is a global day of action for children, by children to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children that are unschooled, unprotected, and uprooted. To celebrate the annual commemoration, leaders from the worlds of entertainment, government, sport, and business will rally for children in support of their rights, and children will ‘take over high-profile roles to highlight issues that are important to them.
In Albania, this year under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the State Minister for Youth and Children, jointly with the State Agency for Child Rights and Protection, the Olympic Park of Tirana, the Municipality of Tirana, the Albanian Ping Pong Federation, national and international partners, UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision, Terre des Hommes, Child Help Line Alo 116 111, and most importantly with children themselves celebrated World Children’s Day (the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.)
This year WCD 2022 falls on the day before the football World Cup kicks off. Thus, UNICEF and its partners aim to capitalize on massive public attention around the time of WCD and send a positive message of equality and inclusion for every child. For children who feel lost and isolated because of migration, violence at home, poor school performance, and low self-esteem – play and sports invite participation and inclusion while encouraging fairness and a fair go for all children.
To commemorate the day, in Albania, school children, boys, and girls from Tirana performed some of the traditional sports at the Tirana Olympic Center, bringing the importance of equality in sports and play to the public eye. The event served to emphasize children’s status as rights holders, promote the importance of sports as key strategy to drive education, employment, life skills, physical and mental health, and inclusion of all children and adolescents, and also engaged high-level decision-makers in promoting the get-up and get them involved spirit.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/albania.