World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day is marked each year on November 20 to celebrate the date when world leaders made a promise to all children, giving them their own set of rights.

Rights exist to make sure everyone is treated fairly and has the basic support they need to survive.

Children already had the same human rights as everyone else, but in November 1989 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a new proposal, designed to improve child welfare and encourage all countries to work together to build a better world for children.

This special set of rights is made up of 54 articles and is called the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

These include, the right to:

πŸ’–Life, survival and development
πŸ’–Medical care and nutritious food
πŸ’–Get information that is beneficial – from newspapers, social media, the radio or TV etc.
πŸ’–Receive help from their government
πŸ’–Rest and play
πŸ’–Not have to do work that is dangerous
πŸ’–Be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents if it is safe to do so
πŸ’–Think for themselves
πŸ’–Protection from violence, abuse or neglect
πŸ’–An education
πŸ’–Express their opinions, be listened to and taken seriously