Thirty years ago, on the 20th of November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child of which the stage was set for a worldwide change towards the protection of the rights of children. World Children’s Day has been celebrated since then marking a special opportunity to reawaken commitments towards giving children the childhood they deserve.
In Africa and some developing countries in the world, Children face challenges that are extreme like denial of educational opportunities, child labour, early marriages, sexual abuse, child prostitution, drug pushing, recruitment into military, hunger, violence, ill-health among many others. The observance of World Children’s Day is to address these crises and find measures to put an abrupt end to them.
This year’s World Children’s Day marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; It is special because it marks the day world leaders made an international agreement as regards childhood. Through the years, there has been an improvement in the lives of children worldwide but a lot of children are still at the receiving end of injustice to their rights and many childhoods have been destroyed. Most children are still deprived of their rights.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) celebrates Children of all nations, race and colour on this World Children’s Day. We join our voice with that of the United Nations to beckon to Parents, Teachers, Religious leaders, Community leaders, Governments leaders, Civil society activists and all those who are involved in the upbringing of children to build a better world for our Children for until then will we attain a peaceful world.