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Universal Children’s Day

20 November 2017

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of November, repeating indefinitely

Two children in a Bronx school by UN Photo/Marcia Weistein on Flickr.com

20 November every year: Promoting children’s welfare and children’s rights.

The date, 20 November, marks the day in which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) in 1989. The UN calls on countries to observe Universal Children’s Day as a day to acknowledge the importance of actively promoting the welfare of the world’s children.

Check out the UNICEF website to find out more and use the following hashtags on social media channels:
#WorldChildrensDay #WorldsLargestLesson #KidsTakeOver

You could use the opportunity of this day to teach a World’s Largest Lesson about the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on children. Visit the World’s Largest Lesson website for ideas and inspiration.

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for Universal Children’s Day.

More or less equal is a great resource from Oxfam Education for 11-16 year olds investigating the lives of children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.

For further ideas to help your school celebrate Universal Children’s Day check out the teaching resources listed on our database under the topics of Play and toys or Child rights.

You could also read our article on Child Labour which provides an introduction to this issue. Or you could get inspiration from the following case studies:
» Studying child workers at a primary school in Wales
» Researching child labour issues with a partner school in Paraguay

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