Universal Children's Day - 20 November
The day to celebrate and promote the welfare of children around the world. The Declaration of the Rights of the child was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) in 1989.
Childrens Rights are essential freedom and the rights of every child. These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential, regardless of who they are, or where they are from.
The message is equality of opportunity, and in particular, girls should be given the same opportunities as boys. All children should have the same rights and should be given the same opportunity to enjoy and achieve.
Storytelling in the Western Saharan refugee camps
All children have the right to play.
One of the rights of the child is the ‘Right to play’. It is important that children and adults understand that play is important for children’s development.
‘All children have the right to relax, to play and to join in a wide range of activities.’
UN convection on the Rights of the Child, Article 31
All children have the right to play
These are the reasons why play is important to children's development.
Through play, children are children.
Through play, children have fun.
Through play, children learn.
Through play, children learn to co-operate.
Through play, children develop physical skills.
Through play, children use their imagination.
Through play, children become builders and makers.
Through play, children pretend to be grown-ups.
Through play, children interact with adults.
Children making their own toys in Western Saharan refugee camps
These extracts were taken from the ‘Play on the Line’ big book. Play on the Line raises issues of why play is important for the development of children, what prevents them from playing and encourages young people to explore ways in which they can take action. For more information on how to obtain this book click here
This section has been created by Tamanna Khanom from Mulberry School on work experience.