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