For every child, every right: World Children’s Day

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November 20 is now known as World Children’s Day, and it is a significant date for children. It’s the anniversary of when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), and when, thirty years later, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). 

For those working in early childhood education and care, World Children’s Day reminds us of the importance of offering quality education and care and advocating for the well-being of children both within our Centres and worldwide. It demonstrates our commitment to shaping a positive impactful future for the next generation.

Maintaining the rights of every child is a strong focus for our Teachers and Educators across each of their programs and practices. 

What does this look like? 

  • We greet and farewell each child by name 
  • We respect children by genuinely listening to both verbal and nonverbal cues 
  • We allow children time and space to make choices 
  • We use positive language, facial expressions and tone of voice when discussing children’s behaviour with them. 
  • We involve children in decisions and acknowledge them when making positive choices 
  • We ensure children are treated with the same level of respect and trust, and that their rights are respected, to the same level of anyone else within the community. 

Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and commit to putting children first. For every child, every right. 

UN Secretary-General António Guterres 

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