Al Ahly Sporting Club joins UNICEF in celebrating 30 years of Child rights

19 November 2019
 Al Ahly Sporting Club joins UNICEF in celebrating 30 years of Child rights.
UNICEF/Egypt 2019/Haleem Elsharani

Cairo, 20 November 2019 - Al Ahly Sporting Club and UNICEF celebrated today the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@30), the convention that became the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history and helped transform children’s rights.

The celebration took place at the club’s premises in Sheikh Zayed and was attended by Mr. Tarek kandil and Engineer Mohamed Serag El Din Board Members of Al Ahly Sporting Club, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, Mr. Bruno Maes and Representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, Ministry of Education and Technical Education, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Youth and Sports and partners.

“The enhancement of physical and cognitive development for children is certainly the most important contribution of sports. We are working together with UNICEF to reach a wide number of Egyptian children especially the most disadvantaged and help change their lives through sports.”  said Tarek kandil, Board Member of Al Ahly Sporting Club.

The celebration offered a platform to join the global movement “Go Blue for every child” through Al Ahly first football team by wearing blue in one of the trainings taking place around the CRC. In addition, it witnessed inclusive activities for children including the differently abled, migrants and refugees engaging players from Al Ahly first football team, board members and UNICEF staff members.



“Access to sports in all its forms is the right of every child. Activities and sports can improve children’s lives” said Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “Today, as part of CRC@30 celebrations, our common objective is to build on the popularity of sports in general and of football in particular to raise awareness on key issues related to health, nutrition, protection of children from violence, girls’ empowerment and education.”

Playing is not only a child’s inalienable right – it also influences physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development. The right to play is protected by Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  For these reasons, UNICEF continues to champion this right as fundamental to the health and growth of children everywhere.

Earlier in July 2019, UNICEF signed a four-year agreement with Al Ahly Sporting Club, one of the region’s and Africa’s most popular football clubs, to advocate for the rights of disadvantaged children across Egypt.

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