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Universal Children’s Day
20 November 2017
An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of November, repeating indefinitely
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.
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.
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