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World Children’s Day

Reported by Convoy of Hope

Children around the world hold the key to our future, and it’s our responsibility to ensure their well-being and protection.

World Children’s Day, a significant international observance, shines a spotlight on the rights and welfare of children. That is a significant concern when you stop to think there are about 2 billion children from newborns to age 14 in the world!

In this article, we’ll discuss:

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Children enjoy a free, warm meal at Convoy of Hope’s 2014 Community Outreach Event in Izalco, El Salvador.

What Is World Children’s Day?

World Children’s Day — sometimes called International Children Day — is an annual event dedicated to advocating for and promoting the rights, well-being, and protection of children across the globe.

It serves as a powerful reminder that children are our most precious asset and deserve to grow up in safe, nurturing, and inclusive environments. This special day was established to raise awareness about the challenges faced by children and to encourage individuals, communities, and nations to take action for their betterment.

When Was World Children’s Day Created?

The story of World Children’s Day begins on November 20, 1954, when the U.N. General Assembly established Universal Children’s Day. This momentous occasion took place as a response to the collective recognition of the need to prioritize children’s rights and well-being on a global scale.

The United Nations’ goals were lofty. “A Universal Children’s Day shall be instituted by all countries, to be observed as a day of world-wide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity devoted to the promotion of the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world, and to the strengthening and broadening of the efforts made by the United Nations in favour and on behalf of all the children of the world.”

The Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Five years later on November 20, 1959, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, a remarkable document that outlined the fundamental rights and freedoms that every child should enjoy.

This pivotal declaration aimed to ensure that children worldwide were protected from discrimination, neglect, and exploitation.

It became the cornerstone for future endeavors to safeguard the rights and welfare of millions of children.

Children receive relief supplies from Convoy of Hope after Typhoon Haiyan left them without food and water.
Children receive relief supplies from Convoy of Hope after 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan left them without food and water.

Inspired by the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children

The establishment of World Children’s Day was also influenced by the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1925. This conference brought together representatives from different nations, who discussed and shared ideas on how to enhance the lives of children around the world.

It emphasized the importance of dedicating a special day to focus on children’s rights and celebrate their unique contributions to society. 

The Evolution of World Children’s Day

Since its inception, World Children’s Day has evolved into an annual event that raises awareness about children’s rights and empowers individuals and communities to take action.

While not a public holiday, it serves as a platform for advocating for equal opportunities; access to education; health care; and protection against violence, exploitation, and discrimination.

When Is World Children’s Day 2023?

In 2023, World Children’s Day will be celebrated on November 20, just as it is every year.

If you live in the United States, this will be the Monday of your Thanksgiving Week. Consider expressing your gratitude for the children in your family by finding ways to participate in World Children’s Day.

Mark this date on your calendar as an opportunity to observe children’s day and to honor and empower kids worldwide.

Ways To Celebrate World Children’s Day

Organize Games & Activities

Create a joyful and engaging atmosphere for children by organizing games, sports activities, and interactive sessions.

Encourage their participation, foster their sense of teamwork, and promote the values of friendship, fairness, and inclusivity. These activities provide fun while teaching important life skills and promoting physical and mental well-being.

Support Child-Centric Organizations

Explore ways to support organizations that work tirelessly to protect and uplift the lives of children. Consider sponsoring a child or making a donation to reputable charities focused on providing education, health care, and other essential services to underprivileged children.

Your support can make a profound difference in improving their quality of life and giving them a chance for a brighter future.

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As just one example of a child-centric organization, Convoy of Hope is committed to growing its Children’s Feeding initiative and feedONE campaign worldwide.

Convoy’s commitment to provide nourishing meals for children creates wonderful, life-changing opportunities to reshape a participating child’s future. Dina in El Salvador is just one young girl among thousands whose stories are inspiring.

The organization currently feeds more than 571,000 children around the world regular, nutritious meals. Convoy of Hope is also focused on combating poverty through a series of initiatives that improve children’s lives in participating communities.

Raise Awareness

Utilize the power of your voice and social media platforms to raise awareness about World Children’s Day.

Share informative articles, stories, and resources highlighting the importance of children’s rights and the challenges they face. Encourage your friends, family, and online community to join the conversation and take action for the welfare of children.

Educate & Advocate

Take this opportunity to educate yourself and others about the various issues affecting children globally. Learn about child labor, child trafficking, lack of access to education, and other pressing challenges.

As reported by the U.S. Congressional Research Service, the United Nations remains vigilant in confronting the exploitation of children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force in 1990 with the participation of 195 nations. Expanded specific protections the Convention has been seeking since 2002 are the limitation of recruitment of children under the age of 18 for armed conflict and the full criminalization of child pornography and prostitution.

By becoming informed advocates, we can work together to create lasting change and ensure a safer and brighter future for every child.

Engage With Children

One of the most powerful ways to celebrate World Children’s Day is by actively engaging with children in your community. Spend quality time with them, listen to their thoughts and ideas, and encourage them to express themselves.

Offer mentorship, guidance, and support — nurturing their talents and helping them realize their potential.

Next Steps

World Children’s Day is a celebration of the resilience, strength, and potential of children across the globe. It’s a reminder that each child deserves to be protected, nurtured, and empowered.

As we observe this special day on November 20, let’s unite to advocate for children’s rights, raise awareness about their needs, and take meaningful action to ensure their well-being. 

Together, we can create a world where every child can flourish, dream, and build a better future for themselves and generations to come.

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