In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Day: Join Hands for Chil­dren Rights on June 1

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIO­NAL CHILDREN'S DAY -

In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Day is cel­e­brated on June 1st of ev­ery year. This day was pro­claimed to be a Chil­dren’s Day in Switzer­land, Geneva. This is a day when con­fer­ence was held and the day was set aside so that the is­sues af­fect­ing chil­dren can be ad­dressed. Peo­ple from var­ied coun­tries were asked to choose a day that would suit be­ing a Chil­dren’s Day and most coun­tries chose June 1st. There is also an­other day re­ferred to as the univer­sal day for chil­dren and this is cel­e­brated on Novem­ber 20th. How­ever, some coun­tries do not cel­e­brate the day on the said dates but it is a rec­om­men­da­tion of the gen­eral assem­bly of United Na­tions for all coun­tries to have an ap­pro­pri­ate day set aside for the same.

PRIN­CI­PLE BE­HIND IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CHIL­DREN’S DAY

The first in­ter­na­tional day for chil­dren was cel­e­brated in 1950. This was af­ter its es­tab­lish­ment in 1949 by In­ter­na­tional Demo­cratic Fed­er­a­tion of Women that was held in Moscow. The day was cel­e­brated in a unan­i­mous way by all coun­tries glob­ally in 1954. The cre­ation of in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s day went hand in hand with the dec­la­ra­tion of chil­dren’s rights and this was done by United Na­tions in 1958. The pur­pose of its es­tab­lish­ment was to pro­mote ex­change of knowl­edge in chil­dren and pro­mote the ini­tia­tive of ac­tiv­i­ties that sup­port chil­dren’s wel­fare in the whole world.

MES­SAGE OF THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CHIL­DREN’S DAY

This is a spe­cial day for chil­dren to ad­dress their is­sues and this in­cludes ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man rights, safety and health care. This is a day that en­tails hon­or­ing of chil­dren and it is cel­e­brated glob­ally though it may not be on the same day in all coun­tries. The cel­e­bra­tions of this day vary from one coun­try to the other be­cause it is highly in­flu­enced by the cus­tom and tra­di­tions of the spe­cific coun­try.

Peo­ple can take part in cel­e­bra­tion of this day by:

■ Giv­ing gifts to chil­dren for ex­am­ple toys

■ Tak­ing chil­dren out to their fa­vorite places ■ Tak­ing chil­dren for a med­i­cal check-up

■ Ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity on tak­ing care of dis­abled chil­dren

THE CEL­E­BRA­TION OF IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CHIL­DREN’S DAY

The most notable coun­tries glob­ally that cel­e­brate the in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s day are:

This day is cel­e­brated on 12th Oc­to­ber in Brazil and it in­volves giv­ing of gifts to chil­dren. This is usu­ally done by the par­ents to ap­pre­ci­ate the good work that their chil­dren have done to in­clude school work and other chores. It can also be ap­pre­ci­a­tion of chil­dren for just be­ing their chil­dren.

This event is cel­e­brated in Bul­garia on 1st June like most coun­tries. The chil­dren are given gifts on this day and they are also ap­pre­ci­ated and given spe­cial at­ten­tion. Ex­cep­tional vig­i­lance is shown by all driv­ers to en­sure that safety is main­tained at all times and this is done by keep­ing lights on while driv­ing for the whole day. This is ob­served daily on this spe­cial day.

This spe­cial day for chil­dren has at­tained an im­por­tant place in the memo of the United Na­tions and its agen­cies like the emer­gency fund for chil­dren in the United Na­tions. The wel­fare of chil­dren will be a key point that will be dis­cussed in the sum­mit meet­ing of G8 that will be held in Heili­gen­damm, Ger­many and this will be held on 6th-8th June. The ma­jor con­cerns that are to be dis­cussed in the meet­ing will be pre­ven­tion of Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus (HIV) in chil­dren and poverty in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

China is one of the key coun­tries that laid a foun­da­tion in the cel­e­bra­tion of in­ter­na­tional chil­dren’s day. The cel­e­bra­tions of this day in­volved China’s Pres­i­dent, Hu Jin­tao played games with var­ied chil­dren on this day. China’s Pres­i­dent to­gether with other high rank­ing of­fi­cials from China cel­e­brated this day by vis­it­ing a pri­mary school and a kinder­garten. This schools are lo­cated in a small town, in the south­ern part of Bei­jing and they take in chil­dren from mi­grant work­ers and farm­ers who work in the nearby. Mr. Hu joined the kinder­garten chil­dren while play­ing with toys made of bricks and he also took part in rope skip­ping and bas­ket­ball with the se­nior students.

RECOG­NI­TION OF THIS DAY

This day is pop­u­lar in some coun­tries but it re­mains an ar­cane in ma­jor­ity of other coun­tries glob­ally. It is de­mar­cated from other pub­lic hol­i­days be­cause of the light it sheds in the needs of chil­dren es­pe­cially the ones who are in the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries where their needs are not met.

The first in­ter­na­tional day for chil­dren was cel­e­brated in 1950. This was af­ter its es­tab­lish­ment in 1949 by In­ter­na­tional Demo­cratic Fed­er­a­tion of Women that was held in Moscow. The day was cel­e­brated in a unan­i­mous way by all coun­tries glob­ally in 1954.

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