As a challenging 2020 draws to a close, it is poignant to commemorate World Children’s Day on 20 November, as children are our future.
Information from: https://www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day
UNICEF and partners are calling on governments to adopt a Six Point Plan to Protect our children:
1. Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide.
2. Guarantee access to primary health care and make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
3. Support and protect the mental health of children and young people, and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood.
4. Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change.
5. Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all.
6. Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
Here are some ways UNICEF will be turning the world blue:
Landmark buildings around the world will light up blue on the day to show support for child rights. You can wear something blue, change your profile picture online and help raise awareness. Businesses will be allowing children to ‘take over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment normally held by adults to shine a spotlight on issues that matter to them.
Teachers are offered the World Children’s Day Lesson Plan in a video about climate change. Parents are encouraged to help their children learn about their rights. The young people themselves are taking part in the illustration challenge, which has a big presence on Instagram.
Lexinfo is showing support by encouraging our little ones to draw/paint their version of a better world after the pandemic.
A South African perspective from Maverick Citizen: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-17-the-year-of-childrens-broken-dreams-and-how-to-repair-them/