Since 1990, 20th November every year is a special day for children. This is for a multiplicity of reasons. On November 20th, 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day in 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. All these have one aim; to advocate and protect the rights of children and provide a safe environment for them to grow and become responsible adults.
Achieving the desired outcomes for which World Children’s Day is marked rests on the shoulders of every member of society. Parents, teachers, political and traditional leaders, civil society and more have a responsibility to ensure that children’s rights are protected and that, they are raised in an environment free from harm, where they can positively contribute to the welfare of society especially as they grow to become responsible citizens.
This day provides an avenue for societies to deepen conversations and engage in dialogue to create a better world for all children regardless of their age, race, nationality, ethnicity, class or any societal divide.
Children have a voice, and their voices must be heard. At the fore of the World Children’s Day celebration, the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) has encouraged children all over the world who have some kind of influence to voice their support for the other millions of children who are not schooled and protected, and do not have a voice. UNICEF encourages children worldwide to support the campaign in their schools and communities, fight for their rights and fulfill their potential. Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF Justin Forsyth said, “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”
UNICEF Ghana and the government of Ghana are strengthening the Ghanaian Against Child Abuse (GACA) campaign in Ghana.
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