Kids take over the world today celebrating World Children’s Day. That’s the theme of this year’s global event on November 20th.
Children around the world will take over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.
November Sparks many wonderful initiatives. It’s a time to give thanks, to give back, to raise awareness for health, social and creative issues. It is also a time to give children a voice on one particular day.
WHAT IS WORLD CHILDREN'S DAY?
United Nations Universal Children’s Day (a/k/a World Children’s Day) was established in 1954 and is celebrated each year on November 20th to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. That same date in 1989 is when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of when the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.
“World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.” — Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
To celebrate the Day, UNICEF has invited children from across the globe to take over key roles in the various categories. The goal is to get children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfill their potential.
High profile stars and world leaders are lending their support to the initiative in order to help give a voice to the millions of children whose voices remain unheard. Stars include:
-UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, who will quiz children about their views of the world in a short film being released on World Children’s Day.
–French music group Kids United the are releasing an empowering new music video recorded for UNICEF and World Children’s Day.
–Global takeovers of government, sport and business, including legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Spanish footballer and New York City FC captain David Villa, South Korean actor and national ambassador Ahn Sung-ki, and Lego Foundation and Qantas.
–Logan actress Dafne Keen and Isabela Moner from ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ and Nickelodeon will join 150 children to take over United Nations Headquarters where singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle will debut a specially penned track to mark the day.
Let’s all celebrate the children of the world today. Use the hashtag #Kidstakeover. — Abbe is Socially Sparked™ Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01