Kids takeovers, National Children's Summit - it's World Children's Day 2019 in Rwanda!

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF celebrated World Children's Day 2019 by spotlighting children and young people.

By Veronica Houser
A child voice actor at the recording of Itetero radio show supported by UNICEF.
25 November 2019

Every year, UNICEF celebrates World Children's Day on November 20th, marking the day when world leaders signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention is an important agreement, where countries promise to protect children's rights.

This year was extra special, marking 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed and 30 years of child rights. 

The Convention explains who children are, all their rights, and the responsibilities of governments. All the rights are connected, they are all equally important and they cannot be taken away from children.

Kicking it off with a special episode of the Itetero Radio Show

Since 2015, UNICEF has supported Rwanda's first radio programme for children, by children - Itetero.

For World Children's Day, young hosts Cyusa and Teta led a special episode of Itetero, quizzing Dr Anita Asiimwe, Coordinator of Rwanda's National Early Childhood Development Programme.


Kids take over the European Union Ambassador's office

Every child has the right to be heard. 

In partnership with the European Union in Rwanda, eight bright young students took over Ambassador Nicola Bellomo's office, discussing and drawing attention to children’s issues in their communities, how the EU in Rwanda operates, and how the EU can better support child rights.


The National Children's Summit

On World Children's Day, UNICEF and the Government convened Rwanda's 13th National Children's Summit. Nearly 600 children attended, including those with disabilities and children living in refugee camps, to exchange views and ideas on child issues in Rwanda.



A platform for young visionaries and activists, UNICEF's TEDxKids event saw over 200 people attending to hear 10 youth speakers and performers from across Rwanda. 


Visit the UNICEF global website to learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, read the full text or download a child-friendly version.