What is World Children's Day
Every year on November 20th – to mark the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – UNICEF celebrates World Children’s Day and advocates, raises awareness and raises funds for the most pressing issues facing children so that every child can fulfil their potential.
This year the 30th anniversary of the CRC is extra special. From Auckland to Amman, New York to Nairobi, kids will take over and turn the world blue in support of child rights, to demand that every child, has every right.
World Children’s Day is a fun day with a serious message.
What you can do on World Children's Day
Kids Takeovers aren’t just a stunt. They are a chance for kids to explore their participation rights in a fun way, to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made, and to exercise their right to freely express their views on all matters affecting them. Most importantly, kids should be involved throughout the entire process, from planning to execution. You can find below an example of how would a kids takeover would look like.
Have a ‘Kids Takeover’ at home. Allow your child to take over your household. For one day, kids tell us what’s best for them. Today, your child is in charge!
‘My kids write the house rules for the day’: What would your kid’s house rules be?
World's Largest Lesson (WLL)
This year, building on the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), WLL learning resources for children and young people explain the linkages between children’s rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and suggest activities that can be implemented at school-level to celebrate World Children’s Day. The lesson is aimed mainly at children aged 8-14 and it can be used in both school and non-school settings like youth clubs. Additionally, a teachers’ guide on how to teach children’s rights has been developed to facilitate its implementation. The activities offer the chance for children and young people to contribute to positive change in their schools, communities and countries.
Business sector can also join this celebration as it is a good chance to reflect in what CRC means for the business world and how companies have or can positively impact children’s rights. World Children’s Day is an opportunity for companies and employees to take action for children and to proudly share it. Few ideas below:
- Turn the world in blue by having a blue dress code on 20th November.
- Ask employees to share related posts or to use the WCD Facebook frame.
- Promote existing child cause related marketing campaigns.