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History of World Children's Day
World Children’s day is celebrated each year on the 20th of November. The goal of World Children’s day is to promote international coherence, awareness among children worldwide and the improvement of children’s welfare. The first time this special day was celebrated was in 1954, meaning this year’s world children’s day will be the 66th! At first it was established as Universal Children’s day, which later changed to World Children’s day.
Why is it an important day to celebrate?
International Days are a great way of educating the general public on a certain issue and to evaluate what has been done and what still needs to be done in order to come to solutions. Unfortunately, even though the Declaration and the Convention of the Rights of the Child are amazing achievements, the Children’s Rights are still not there for every child. For example, an estimated 450 million children around the world live in a conflict-affected area where children’s rights such as the right to education or the protection from violence and abuse are often denied. So the reason why it is so important to celebrate World Children’s day every year is that by spreading information about Children’s Rights, these numbers can be reduced.