The Universal Children’s Day, also known as the World Children’s Day, is celebrated annually on 20th November. This Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the United Nations General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making this Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations.
The World Children's Day offers each of us an opportunity to advocate, promote, and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. Time has come to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children. Some 463 million young people were not able to access remote learning during school shutdowns. What is more, previous shutdowns demonstrate that children who are out of school for extended periods, especially girls, are less likely to return.
The theme for World Children’s Day is ‘A Better Future for Every Child’ and it is more important than ever that the leaders listen to their ideas and demands. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how inequality affects the rights of every child. From climate change, education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are raising their voices on the issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), believe that on this Day we should advocate towards the improvement of children’s rights, and promotion of togetherness amongst all children. Beyond the headlines, every child has a story. Young people and youth organisation should call upon all stakeholders to ensure that every child and young person has equal and affordable access to healthcare, education, and essential care. Time has come for generations to join heads and reimagine the type of world we want to create. Let us change the world for the children.