World’s Children Day 2020 – kids takeover

kids takeover and turn the world blue 

Hey, hi everyone. My brother, sister and I, have taken over Emergent Thinkers today, and turned it blue. Why? Because today’s a special day to promote children’s rights and voice all over the world.

Mum likes to write A LOT, but we think we are better at explaining what we want and need from the world ourselves.

My sister’s the youngest; she’s 3. She already has a big voice and strong opinions on what she wants. And she’s very fed up and sad about the coronavirus. And she doesn’t like rubbish. She wants all grown-ups to be strong, and be super-heroes. My brother and I think this is a bit funny, but maybe also a bit true. Grown-ups have a lot of power, and they could be pay more attention to fixing the world. We saw lots of super-hero role-models helping us this year, when we were all staying at home to keep safe and when we were moving around again . We think everyone can be a super-hero for the world.

credit: hans middendorp

My brother and I feel lucky to go to our school. We know some children don’t get to go, and some even have to work or look after themselves. We are also learning about all the SDGs. We practice our creative and problem-solving skills a lot, which is a lot of fun. When we are grown up we can use our skills to look after our world as well as ourselves.

World Children’s Day was established in 1954, once marked as Universal Children’s Day. Every 20 November we celebrate and promote international togetherness and the improvement of children’s welfare. Since1990 it also marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

In my junior class, we have four Respecting Rights Ambassadors. We help our friends learn about children’s rights, and are encouraged to tell our teachers, our parents and other grown-ups, about how we are feeling. We share our choices and opinions. We also make decisions in our school, to help make it better for everyone. We are doing more recycling, and we think a lot about being kind and respectful to each other.

There are 42 articles in the The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – my class selected our top 3.

Article 31 – the right to relax and play

Article 31 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the right to have fun in the way they want to.

Article 24 – the right to healthy food

Article 24 of the UNCRC says that children and young people’s health should be as good as possible.

Article 28 – I have the right to an education.

Article 28 of the UNCRC says that all children and young people have the right to education no matter who they are.

Happy World Children’s Day.

It’s not nice to hear about our planet being so sick. We talk about changing things to make it better. We try out new ideas. I think we can have a much happier and healthier world.

Zachery, 7.

What can you do to help children help themselves and help the world?

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