Children’s Day 2017
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated worldwide on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Universal Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better future for children in Ireland.
The aim of Universal Children’s Day is to get as many people as possible to create events and activities that highlight and celebrate the Rights and Freedoms of Children.
The Genesis Programme in partnership with another ABC (Area Based Childhood) Programme, the Blue Skies Initiative (Clondalkin) will launch ‘How are they Doing? A Community Perspective on Child Well-Being’ on the 20th November at 11am in the Mont Clare Hotel, Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
The study, which was carried out by Clondalkin-based organisation Archways and commissioned by the Blue Skies Initiative and The Genesis Programme, was conducted in two separate phases and examined the well-being of children aged 7, 10 and 12 years living in Clondalkin, Drogheda and Dundalk.
The children themselves answered questions on their well-being, self-concept, their cognitive abilities and academic performance. Parents and teachers were also quizzed about their perspective on how well these children were doing.
This is a day that is all about the importance of children and how they have special rights and freedoms that help them to grow into happy, healthy adults.
For more information on events taking place to mark Children’s Day 2017, click Children’s Day 2017