UNICEF: Every child has the right to be included and protected from discrimination
On 20 November we celebrate World Children’s Day
Sofia, 20 November 2022 Every child has the right to be included and protected against all forms of discrimination. This is UNICEF’s message on World Children’s Day, 20 November. The date marks the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year it coincides with the start of the World Cup which is another occasion to underline that there can only be one team when it comes to children’s rights.
Every year, on 20 November, UNICEF organizes a global Go Blue initiative and iconic buildings around the world turn blue to support the cause of the rights of the child. In Bulgaria, the National Palace of Culture and Sofia Municipality building will turn blue.
To celebrate World Children's Day, fourth graders from the 119 School ‘Acad. Mihail Arnaudov’ in Sofia attended an open lesson on children's rights. UNICEF National Ambassador, actress Elena Petrova, also participated in the open lesson.
Every child has the right to be included and accepted, and have an equal chance to reach their full potential
said Christina de Bruin, UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria.
Discrimination puts children at risk of exclusion and has a huge impact on children’s futures. То build a world where every child is included and supported must be one of our top priorities.
Spreading the message that every child has the right to education, care and protection from violence, UNICEF Bulgaria launched a national campaign ‘Support the team of the future – children’ focusing on three key topics: early childhood development, inclusive education for children with disabilities and special needs, and protection from violence.
When World Cups kicks off, current and retired football stars join efforts with UNICEF to send a positive message highlighting the importance of inclusion for every child. David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Ramos, Andriy Shevchenko, Cafu, etc. encourage the world to unite as ‘one team’ in support of children’s rights.
Racism and discrimination against children based on their ethnicity, language, and religion are rife in countries across the world, according to a new UNICEF report published ahead of World Children’s Day. Children from marginalized ethnic, language, and religious groups in an analysis of 22 low and middle-income countries lag far behind their peers in reading skills, finds Rights denied: The impact of discrimination on children. On average, students aged 7-14 from the most advantaged group are more than twice as likely to have foundational reading skills than those from the least advantaged group. Discrimination and exclusion deepen poverty and result in poorer health, nutrition, and learning outcomes for children, higher rates of pregnancy among adolescent girls, and lower employment rates and earnings in adulthood. The report also highlights how children and young people are feeling the burden of discrimination in their everyday lives. A new U-Report poll generating more than 407,000 responses found that almost two-thirds feel discrimination is common in their environments, while almost half feel discrimination had impacted their lives or that of someone they know in a significant manner.