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Empowering children on World Children's Day

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

On this World Children’s Day, it is crucial for the world to pay attention to the ideas and demands of the younger generation.

World Children’s Day is an annual event organised by UNICEF that empowers children to take action and advocate for their rights. It commemorates the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children and young people are actively speaking up on various important topics such as climate change, education, mental health, racism, and discrimination. They are urging adults to work towards creating a brighter future.

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'We all have rights!' | World Children's Day | Photo: TG's Child Care

What can you expect on 20 November when the world comes together to empower children?

1. We will be seeing children 'take over' high-visibility roles in areas such as media, politics, business, sport and entertainment. This is an opportunity for children to bring our attention to issues that truly matter to them.

2. Significant landmarks and schools around the world will turn blue on this day to show support for children rights. You too can participate by wearing something blue or even changing your profile picture online.

What are the rights of children?

While we can say that yes, children have rights, but if we were to start listing the rights, how many are we able to state in order to ensure all aspects of their safety, health and wellbeing are catered for?

Take a look at this Convention and see if you got most of them!

Convention on the Rights of the Child | Brilliant-Online

We All Have Rights

Now that you know all the rights, how do you explain to your child what rights they have? Watch this cool video from UNICEF made for children aged 3 to 6. It helps to explain in a child-friendly way the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Follow Viz, Leepa and their pet Zooko on their treasure hunt for child rights!

Parents who are interested to know the full Convention, check it out here. Nations have come together to commit to safeguarding the rights of children. All the rights stated in the Convention are interrelated, key and no child should ever be deprived of any of these rights if we are to work towards a kinder, equal society for all.

Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF
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Here's a Fun Activities Resources Kit for parents to use with their children to help explore their rights in a friendly way.

Fun Activity Book UNICEF
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At Brilliant-Online, it is in keeping with our Brilliant values to focus on what our communities are doing to protect and care for children. Read these stories about how organisations and individuals are taking the steps to protect the rights of children for a better future.

Read about how TG's Child Care is advocating for Child Safety in this month's Brilliant story.

Fighting Poverty Through Education

Gemma Sisia is an Australian who founded The School of St Jude in 2002 to bring free, quality education to children living in poverty. A pioneering leader in charitable education within Africa, The School of St Jude brings free education to 1,800 bright children, supports hundreds of graduates with access to higher education and has provided more than 20,000 government school students with volunteer teachers each year.

Read the story here.

Raising Awareness of Bullying and Taking Action

Awareness initiatives like the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on August 18 are critical in preventing these acts of violence against children and young people. It is by growing strong school community connections and social skills that we can prevent bullying and enable positive, help-seeking behaviours in students.

Read the story here.

Work Health Safety (WHS) is a Legal Requirement

TG's Child Care ESG strategy | Brilliant-Online

TG's Child Care has an ESG (Environment, Social Governance) strategy where WHS is incorporated into TG's Governance to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers and and others in relation to Australia's workplaces and work activities. This is how TGs' brings peace of mind to families and children, so they can experience Playing is Learning for Life happy and secure.

Read the story here.

Keep Children Safe

Bravehearts Mid North Coast is a volunteer committee who fundraise year round to provide free professional Child Protection Education to local children in Kindergarten, Year 1 and 2. This is in the form of a safe interactive show which gives the children skills to keep their bodies safe and to remove themselves from risky situations.

Read the story here.

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