I must admit when I first started working at United Way I had no idea what National Child Day was or why it was celebrated. But as I learned more about it, I have become extremely passionate about raising awareness about National Child Day because I believe it carries such important implications for our world and our community. After-all we were all children at one time, and I personally remember how good it felt to be respected, valued, nurtured and loved. I believe that every child has the right to feel the same way.
National Child Day is celebrated annually on November 20th (this Saturday) and is specially designated day to mark two historic events:
- the 1959 signing by Canada of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child;
- and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
What I find most impressive is that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is the most comprehensive treaty in support of children in existence. It is signed and ratified by more nations than any other human rights document in history, attesting to its global significance and the underlying universal values it upholds.
The founding principles of the Convention are things that we can all do everyday to make the life of child better, such as:
- Acting in the best interests of the child.
- Genuinely considering the views of the child in all decision-making that affects them.
- Ensuring children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
- Making sure all children have an adequate standard of living, health care and the right to play!
Getting involved in National Child Day doesn’t need to take a lot of planning. It can simply mean taking time to share a book with your children (or a special child in your life), donating some gently-used items to a children’s charity, or cooking dinner together as a family. So this Saturday, take the time to recognize National Child Day. Remember - you have the potential to have a positive impact on the lives of children in your community everyday.
You may also notice people wearing a blue ribbon this week. Wearing a blue ribbon shows that you support all children having prime consideration in all economic, social and political decisions that affect them.
For more information on National Child Day visit www.successby6edmonton.info
To learn more about National Child Day from children and youth in Edmonton, click on the video below.
"Voices of Children"