World Children’s Day is celebrated again today, Tuesday (22/03/2022). Not much different from the previous year, this celebration was commemorated in an atmosphere of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how inequality affects the rights of every child. Starting from the climate crisis, education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination,” wrote UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) Indonesia through its official website, as quoted on Tuesday ( 22/03/2022).
UNICEF Indonesia also said that this World Children’s Day moment can be an important moment for children and youth to voice issues that are important for their generation. At the same time, calling on adults to create a better future.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954. Every November 20, this commemoration is a moment to promote international togetherness, awareness in children around the world, and improve children’s well-being.
November 20 is an important date, as reported by the United Nations website. Because, in 1959 the United Nations General Assembly ratified the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same date in 1989, the United Nations General Assembly also began to adopt the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Beginning in 1990, World Children’s Day marked the anniversary of the important date when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration and Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since then, November 20 is observed as World Children’s Day.
For the celebration of World Children’s Day 2021, the United Nations invites children aged 13-24 years to participate in this celebration by sending a work. The theme of the work in question is their interpretation of the world they want to build after COVID-19. Children who want to participate in this activity can submit their work to the Voices of Youth website.