Go Blue for World Children's Day
India turns blue in support of UNICEF and child rights
Going blue on World Children’s Day is representative of UNICEF’s mandate to stand for the rights of every child. This year as children are greatly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic it is not a celebration, but a resolve towards reimagining a better world for every child.
Many would instantly recognize the Rani ki Vav, (The Queen’s Stepwell), an 11th century architectural wonder that features on the new lavender colored 100 Rupees note issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
The iconic Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret, stands tall and turned blue in support of reimaging a better and brighter world for children.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, also known by its former name Victoria Terminus, is a historic terminal train station and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is one of the many iconic monuments which is going blue on the occasion of World Children’s Day to uphold the rights of every child.
Howrah Bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu, is a cantilever bridge that connects the twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah. This significant landmark in West Bengal was illuminated blue on World Children’s day in support of the children and their reimagined future post the COVID –19 pandemic.
From the heart of India commitment to child rights was reaffirmed as historical sites and monuments across Madhya Pradesh turned blue for World Children's Day.
Villages in Dhar and Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, go blue
While many urban monuments were lit blue, tribal villages in Dhar and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh were painted blue. Across their village children and young people painted walls blue with messages on immunization, new born care, climate change and child rights.
Assam turns blue from the Gandhi Mandap atop a hill in the middle of the State Capital. Children from Assam also presented the Chief Minister with a manifesto, while student Vandana Urang took over the Chief Minister's Twitter handle for the day.
Khanqah Munemia Qamaria, along with Mulla Meetan’s Maszid, goes blue in Patna with the support of Professor Syed Shah Shamimuddin Ahmad Munemia. The Professor passionately advocates for fulfilling the rights of every child as `religious duty’.
The Legislative Assembly in Jharkhand Goes Blue
By illuminating the iconic Legislative Assembly in blue the Speaker of Legislative Assembly in Jharkhand committed to uphold child rights. It's a reminder to the public of their common duty of protection, care and support for children in Jharkhand. Going blue marks the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
World Children's Day is a fun day with a serious message. It is a day where all children are encouraged to speak out about what matters to them, like education, safe spaces to learn and play, and positive environments.
By going blue for UNICEF on this day, I hope that we will provide a brighter future for children and create awareness. We have been celebrating children’s Day every year with UNICEF and the Child Reporters who are setting an example for everyone by taking actions for their rights.
I hope that the blue lights will raise awareness about the rights and needs of children in Jharkhand. The need and right of every child to be in school, safe from harm so that they can reach their full potential.
UNICEF India Country Office and our field offices did not shut during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to operate, though under strict safety protocols. Many personnel are still working from home. Turning our offices blue and sharing the photographs was an opportunity to virtually visit the office that we used to go to every day.