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“We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind.”
– We the Children: End-decade review of the follow-up to the World Summit for Children, Report of the Secretary-General (2001)
It is the 59th year since the world started celebrating Universal Children’s day, taking place on November 20th – in hopes to create a worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. With an aim to promote the ideals and objectives of the UN charter, and the welfare of children worldwide, this day also marks the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
With the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) encompassing goals such as addressing extreme poverty, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education by 2015 – there is a special focus on the importance of ensuring that our children have a bright future around the world. In celebrating Universal Children’s day, we should make sure that educate our children in how they can lead lives as responsible citizens of tomorrow.
By teaching them values such as respect, acceptance, and guardianship towards ourselves, others and the environment, we are helping them achieve such goals. Through teaching them the importance of protecting biodiversity through sustainable materials, making ethical purchasing decisions and other such concepts – we are ensuring their well-being for years to come.
Happy Universal Children’s Day!