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Universal Children’s Day was celebrated this past Saturday.
It’s origin and purpose are described in the following information from The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).
Every time I read about a DAY to celebrate kids, or teachers, or a special educational objective, I feel compelled to EXTEND the celebration way beyond a single day.
With that in mind, I’m sharing part of ACEI’s statement about this special day because it invites action for the new year.
As ACEI has written…
…On 14 December 1954, the UN General Assembly designated 20 November as Universal Children’s Day. This is a day designed to celebrate children and to promote their well-being the world over.
We suggest that you use this day not only to celebrate the children in your life, but also to take action to improve the quality of childhood all over the world:
- Organize a Universal Children’s Day event in your community. Consider events in which children and community members are encouraged to think about the lives of children elsewhere in the world, and brainstorm ways they can help achieve a positive childhood for all children.
- Participate in our Love Me, Teach Me campaign, whose purpose is to promote the needs and rights of children everywhere.
- Reorient your thinking so that you can reflect on how decisions in your community affect the children who live in it. Children cannot always advocate for themselves in community government and policy matters. Please help do this for them.
- Take the pledge to join the Decade for Childhood (2012-2022) in embracing the future and working to make childhood an enriching and safe space for all children.
- Join us at the 2014 Global Summit on Childhood, where you’ll hear talks from leading experts on the state of childhood and join in conversations on ways to ensure that the Ten Pillars of a Good Childhood are accessible to all children, regardless of national origin or background.
We hope you’ll join us in seeing Universal Children’s Day for the opportunity that it is, and help us work to ensure a good childhood for all the world’s children.
Association for Childhood Education International
And best wishes from me, with the hope that you’ll visit again on Wednesday for Mid-Week Focus.
Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet