Universal Children’s Day 2015

Today is Universal Children’s Day, celebrated right across the globe. This day is “observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.”

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Prior to this, we have had One World Week which is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year in November and coincides with the Council of Europe Global Education Week and today, Universal Children’s Day. One World Week took place from Saturday, November 12th to Saturday, November 19th. Check out One World Week website for more resources and additional information as you may want to get ideas for next years event.
In Ireland, some of the groups that took part in the event included:

  • Celtic Youth Bray

  • Crosscare

  • Ballyfermot Youth Services

  • ECO-UNESCO, Dublin

  • YMCA

  • Manor St John Youth Service, Waterford

  • Swan Youth Service, Dublin

  • The Snakes Drumming Group, Mayo

The event invited groups across Ireland to respond in their own way to the question ‘what world do young people want’? Youth groups all over the country run activities, public events, quizzes and debates, invite guest speakers, have intercultural evenings or express themselves through drama, art and music.For further information contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at National Youth Council of Ireland on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail communications@nyci.ie

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As mentioned previously, this week ties in with Universal Children’s Day today. For CSPE, SPHE and even Religious Education lessons, this topic would be interesting to cover with the students as well as complying with the syllabus.

I have included a FREE Powerpoint Presentation resource for you to download / edit / use in your lessons today if you are interested in teaching it. I have also included a video clip and an activity worksheet.

To access just click the link here Universal Children’s Day 2015

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The Children’s Rights Alliance unites over 100 members working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child. They change the lives of all children in Ireland by making sure that their rights are respected and protected in their laws, policies and services. You can view their document A Children’s Right- a Full Audit of Irish Law here.

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Universal Children’s Day will also allow the discussion of Children’s rights in conjunction to the Sustainable Development Goals. Goals such as poverty reduction, health, education, sanitation and equality are all important not only for sustainable development but also for Children’s rights and well-being.

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To get involved, follow the conversation on Twitter #UniversalChildrensDay or visit the United Nations website

As always, please let me know what you think of the post and I hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

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