Since 1954, the United Nations has been promoting World Children’s Day, which focuses on improving the welfare of, as well as awareness among, children around the world. 2020 has been a tough year for all of us no matter where in the world we live, but it has been particularly hard on our children. Read on to find out how you can support World Children’s Day and make 2021 a little more bearable for children around the world.
Why do we mark World Children’s Day?
The 20th November has been an important date in the UN’s mission to give all children worldwide access to safe homes, healthcare and education. In 1959, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted, and on the same date in 1989, the UN adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. These documents both established the basic rights of all children, regardless of borders, governments or family circumstances are entitled to.
How to celebrate it
There are no set ways to mark World Children’s Day, but we’ve suggested a few for you to try out.
- Speak to your kids
Most people have some children in their lives, whether they’re sons or daughters, or friends’ children, or people in the same worship groups. Take some time out of your day to talk to any young people in your life, and discuss the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child with them. You can see how much they already know and help them to find out the answer to any questions they might have.
As with many things, the best way to help with projects which are too far away, or which do not align with your skillset, is to help them financially. With Pledjar, you can round your card transactions up to the nearest pound and donate the spare change to charities making a real difference to children’s lives around the world. Whether you opt for Noor Orphans, G.O.S.H. or Save the Children, put your spare change to work this World Children’s Day.
- Petition or Volunteer
Another way to make real difference in the lives of children closer to home is to get involved with local projects and petitions. You could write to your MP about children’s issues you care about or volunteer your time helping a local charity. These could focus on providing quality childcare for free, homework help clubs, food provision or something else entirely. You can make a real and positive change in the lives of children in your own community.
However you choose to celebrate World Children’s Day this November, we hope you are able to learn something new about the UN Conventions, or the lives of the children you know.