The theme of National Child Day 2017 is "All Children have the Right to Be Safe." National Child Day is celebrated to mark two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
There are many ways to celebrate National Child Day. You can create your own celebration to best suit your family, community, or organization. No effort is too small or too large! The activities you choose are up to you.
Organizations and Communities:
- Consider ways you can make your nation, city, community and home a better place for children. Light city spaces in blue on November 20th.
- Look and listen for examples of children's rights being protected and promoted in your family and community.
- Organize a fundraiser to support activities for children.
- Create times, spaces, programs, and activities for children which celebrate young people.
Educators and Schools
- Ask young people what is important to them, and what is important to them about children's rights.
- Tell someone you know about National Child Day and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Educate others about children's rights. Promote awareness of children's rights.
- Organize special activities or an event to celebrate National Child Day and the Right to Be Safe. Engage local media to highlight children's rights.
- Promote activities, programs and community opportunities for children and youth.
Home and Family
- Spend time with a young person. Plan or attend a special outing, event or activity with a child.
- Read a recommended book about being safe with a child.
- Be there: Be part of children's lives, spaces, and activities to show you value them. Plan a special visit to your child's class or childcare setting.
- Reflect: Think about childhood: what encourages 'being and feeling safe' for you and others?
- Volunteer/donate time, goods, or money to a charitable organization benefitting children.
- Include children as full participants in spaces and conversations.
- Wear a royal blue ribbon or wear royal blue to show your support for children's rights in decisions that affect them.
- Listen to what young people say about what is important to them.
- Empower young people to use their voice: give children an opportunity to be heard and others an opportunity to listen.
- Give children and youth an opportunity to be included, feel safe and get involved.
Find out more: www.nationalchildday.ca.
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