By Lindsay Chiswe
On 20th of November the world celebrated World Children’s Day. The day was established in 1954 by United Nations and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and to prompt governments worldwide to pay more attention to the welfare of their young citizens.
November 20th is an important date for two reasons 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.
Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.
This is a day for children, by children, all over the world to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential. This year we celebrate the World Children’s Day by empowering them #KidsTakeOver to change the world around them, by inspiring the hope and imagination in them, which will help them to change the world in the future.
Pachikoro recognises the pivotal role children play as included in the Zimbabwean Constitution Chapter 2:19 The state must adopt policies and measures to ensure that in matters relating to children, the best interests of the children concerned are paramount.
In Zimbabwe, due to the prevailing economic conditions, children are the primary victims and their rights to health care, nourishment and education remain by and large unprotected.
Get Informed– Did you know that 385 million children live in extreme poverty, 264 million children and young people are out of school, 5.6 million children under the age of five died last year from preventable diseases?
Ways to Celebrate World Children’s Day
- – Generate awareness about children’s issues, by ensuring that respect is part of the natural order of things
- – Draw the future you want- Young people have dreams and goals, and what a better way to do help them express and share them than by drawing themselves in the future. Let them show their creativity and skills, talk about their dreams and ways they are going to achieve their dreams.
- – Take part in online debates, discussions #KidsTakeOver
- – Share, don’t just care!!!- Do you have clothes that you do not need anymore, an extra pair of shoes?? Donate them. Put a smile on another child. Visit Children’s homes and spend time with them.