The world in the hands of children for a day
World Children’s Day celebrated by switching roles between children and adults
With the slogan #GoBlue, UNICEF celebrated World Children’s Day all around the world yesterday. It is a day “for children, by children”, a day when we raise public awareness of the importance of protecting the wellbeing of millions of children whose rights the world committed itself to fulfilling by signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989. On this year’s anniversary, UNICEF and partners organised, among many other things, an activity where children and adults switched roles for children to have the chance to express their needs and ideas for building a better world and also for them to be heard.
The young beneficiaries of the Split Centre for the Provision of Services in the Community participated in celebrating World Children’s Day at the Centre, but also outside Croatia. For a day, they assumed the roles of headmaster, managers, teachers and technical staff, and then they presented the adults with their suggestions on how to improve the lives of children, including children in their position. From 18 to 20 November, two young beneficiaries of the Centre in Split were in Brussels along with 800 children and young people from all over Europe. They were representing Croatia at the special session of the European Parliament under the presidency of Antonio Tajani. The Croatian “young delegates” helped to develop ten suggestions for a better future for children and young people in Europe, and they talked to Jozo Radoš, Croatian representative in the European Parliament, about changes that could be made to improve the life of children in Croatia. Young participants from Croatia also took part in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with high officials (Federica Mogherini, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Filippo Grandi, Michelle Bachelet and others).
In Croatia, Nada Murganić, the Minister of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, participated in the celebration of World Children’s Day by spending a day in the role of a child from the Britvec foster family from Bakar. The goal of the event organised by the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy and Izvor, the Centre for the Provision of Services in the Community of Selce, was to familiarise decision makers with the daily life of a child without adequate parental care and the impact their decisions have on children’s lives.
The Croatian companies Bina Istra, Valamar, Hrvatske vode and Končar-Inženjering za energetiku i transporti also celebrated World Children’s Day. On the suggestion of UNICEF, they gave children and young people the opportunity to have a look at the business world and express their opinion on how companies could make the world a better place for children.
On the occasion of celebrating World Children’s Day, UNICEF is inviting children over 13 years of age and adults around the world to sign the petition calling world leaders to do more to ensure that the rights of each child are realised. Get involved in creating a better world for children and sign the petition at: https://www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day#petition