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What is National Child Day?
On November 20th of each year, Canada and countries around the world celebrate National Child Day as a reminder of our shared commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is the most comprehensive treaty in support of children in existence. It is signed and ratified by more nations than any other human rights document in history, attesting to its global significance and the underlying universal values it upholds. National Child Day is celebrated annually to mark two historic events:
- The 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child;
- The adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
The founding principles of the Convention include:
- Acting in the best interests of the child.
- Genuinely considering the views of the child in all decision-making that affects them.
- Ensuring children have the right to primary consideration in all economic, social, and political decisions, policies, programs, and expenditures that impact upon them.
There are many reasons to celebrate children, but most of all because children deserve to be recognized as important members of our community.
- All children have the right to an adequate standard of living, health care and to play.
- All children have the right to express their views about things that affect them and to participate in communities, programs and services.
- All children have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination.
Many children in Edmonton do not have the basics – affordable housing or quality childcare, for example. As a city rich in children, it is important for Edmontonians to recognize National Child Day. As a community we are able to have the most direct positive impact on the lives of children. National Child Day is an opportunity we can not afford to miss to engage our community as a whole about these key issues and their implications.
To learn more about National Child Day from children and youth in Edmonton, click on the video links below.
National Child Day - 2011
In 2011, Success By 6® continued to build partnerships to create awareness about National Child Day and how we can support the children in the City of Edmonton and around the world. Students from Belgravia School took to the stage at City Hall to share in their own words what United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child means to them.
National Child Day - 2010
In 2010, Success By 6® celebrated Edmonton’s children by presenting families from the Health for Two program with National Child Day baby sleepers, as a reminder of Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The sleepers were presented by the Minister of Education Dave Hancock and Minister Heather Klimchuk, MLA for Edmonton-Glenora.
"Voices of Children"
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In the Words of Edmonton's Children
Students from Belgravia School took to the stage at City Hall to share in their own words what United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child means to them.