A Day for the Children

A roof over their heads, an education and freedom, these are three privileges that many children take for granted. However, this is not the case for everyone, in fact many children across the world struggle to gain access to fresh water let alone an education. On the 20th of November, the United Nations promotes international togetherness and the improvement of child welfare. This day aims at improving the state of education, access to clean water and providing basic necessities to children across the world, with a specific focus on those residing in a lower economic status country. World Children’s Day was established in the year 1954, which was a historic date as it was when the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) general assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Children. The declaration outlined basic rights for children including the right to life, survival and development, the right for no discrimination and the right to respect the views of the child. Now living within a modern era, the UN has directed it focus to spreading awareness about the day and each year allocates a specific target point. In 2018 their aim is to ‘…build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential…’. Its focus this year so heavily prevalent with over 264 million children currently unable to start or finish proper education courses. On the 20th of November UNICEF encouraged everybody to wear blue in a show of support. Businesses were asked to turn their logo, website or social media platform blue for the day and discuss future generation employment. Individuals spread the message and donated to a more than worthy cause. Schools across Australia participated in fundraising and the World’s Largest Lesson- which taught students about the day and their right to schooling. This event was recognised globally with numerous countries participating in similar events. The need for change towards these issues has caused big company names such as LEGO to act. They are allowing children to create an advertisement using their own words and ideas, this helping support their statement on why every child has the right to play. The Sydney harbour bridge was lit up blue as was the opera house, all helping to spread the same message- it is time to make a change. It may not occur to us, having never being denied education or having to worry about the lack of our basic human rights but it is imperative that we help. We can ensure that these skills and a child’s safety become a reality. We as a society have the power to help create provide equality and opportunities that are so sought after. You are always able to donate by visiting the UNICEF website. Every children has the right to education, what can you do to help?

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