Following tradition, UNICEF Timor-Leste staff celebrate World Children’s Day with an office takeover—inviting their children to step into their shoes for the afternoon and giving young people the opportunity to see themselves as leaders.
Children take the lead at UNICEF Timor-Leste office on World Children’s Day
Celebration of the World Children's Day 20 November 2018 at UNICEF Timor-Leste office
A 12-year-old Immunisation Officer draw pictures of flowers at her desk; a four-year-old procurement manager cheekily advises to ask his Deputy Representative father for money for a car; young education specialist asks WASH officer Rodolfo Pereira to stand in as his grandfather; and a three-year-old administrative assistant sleepily rubs her eyes as the office quieten down in the late afternoon.
Closing the office for the evening, Valerie Taton- Representative of UNICEF Timor-Leste thanks staff and children for their efforts and repeats a rally cry that echoed throughout UNICEF’s rooms through the afternoon— #GoBlue, representing the symbolic colour chosen to mark #WorldChildrensDay and UNICEF’s global hope for and commitment to promoting and protecting child rights.
“It’s the colour of the sky on a fine day,” she says; and the late-afternoon wet-season rain held off all evening as tired, happy children headed home.