The Universal Children’s Day, also known as the World Children’s Day takes please on November 20th every year. This was the date in 1959 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on the same day in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this day, it is the time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children.
The World Children's Day offers each of us an opportunity to advocate, promote, and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
This year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime. Some 463 million young people were not able to access remote learning during school shutdowns. What is more, previous shutdowns demonstrate that children who are out of school for extended periods, especially girls, are less likely to return.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that the main goals of this Day are to improve and celebrate children’s rights, and to promote togetherness amongst all children. Beyond the headlines, every child has a story. Young people and youth organisation should call upon all stakeholders to ensure that every child and young person has equal and affordable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines as part of a comprehensive package of essential care. Join us, and you can help change the world for children.
It is time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create. Your voice, joined with ours, can make a difference.