National Child Day is celebrated each year on November 20 to reaffirm the commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.

Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely accepted international human rights treaty in history, with only one country not ratifying the treaty.

What Can You Do to Help Promote Children's Rights?

Every step is a step in the right direction; here are some ways to include children's rights into your everyday life.

  • Incorporate children's participation in decision-making
  • Encourage children to express their thoughts and ideas on their rights through art, presentations, plays and other creative processes
  • Be a role model for respecting the dignity and integrity of children
  • Ensure that any safety concerns for or from children are reported and investigated properly