Marking of the Universal Children's Day on 20 November

16 November 2018
World Children's Day photo

The World Children's Day, 20 November, is being marked around the world with activities focused on promotion and protection of children's rights. This is an opportunity for raising awareness on the need to protect the children from misuse, violence and different forms of discrimination. Topic of this year's celebration of 20 November in Bosnia and Herzegovina is "Happy childhood", with special focus on providing a safe learning environment. Messages of this year's celebration are harmonized with the global UNICEF campaign #GoBlue.

UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina will support or participate in various activities marking the World Children's Day:

● The virtual Gallery of happy childhood (Virtualna Plava galerija sretnog djetinjstva) is a website where people share photos and short stories that remind people of their happy childhood moments. UNICEF invited children and adults to share their photos and stories with the intention to remind everyone on their shared responsibility to secure happy childhood for every child.

● In collaboration with a number of schools from various parts of the country, UNICEF will activate a Viber sticker pack “Happy childhood”. Children from elementary schools submitted their drawings to illustrate a happy childhood and a safe learning environment.

● UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina invited all of those who want to join the celebration of 20 November Universal Children's Day, to do so by signing the global petition, by organizing exhibitions and discussions about happy childhood, or with a "kids takeover“. All exhibitions throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina in schools, institutions and organisations will be additionally promoted through UNICEF’s social media channels.

● UNICEF will participate in the Regional Conference: "Inclusive education and active policies for the best interest of a child" organized by the Council for Children. The conference will take place in Sarajevo, on 20 Nov, in the premises of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Representatives of relevant ministries, local and regional organisations and institutions will participate in two conference panels - on inclusive education and utilisation of Roma language and on active policies for the best interest of a child through ending violence.

● In Banja Luka on Nov 20, UNICEF will attend the festival "Young composer” organised by "Art plus" Association in partnership with UNESCO, recognizing that is the only festival for which children and the exclusive authors of songs as well as the only jury.

● In Mostar, 22-23 November UNICEF will support the special session of the Council for Children, focused on the analysis of the implementation of the Action Plan for Children for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015 – 2018.

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