Today’s Children’s day in my country. The day we dedicate to celebrating Children all over the nation. Honestly, today is bringing back a lot of memories as my mom was the first to call me this morning only to wish me a happy Children’s day celebration😂
When I was growing up, Children’s day, and our birthday were the only days we were allowed to come dressed in coloured clothes and give our boring uniforms a break. The mood on the school campus would magically change. Teachers, we were otherwise afraid of, would smile and wish us “Happy Children’s Day!”, the staid authoritative air of the Principal would disappear magically, and even the custodians would seem less grumpy.
We would parade in our pretty clothes and wait for the assembly when our teachers would sing for us! Teachers would dress up as students and there was always a dance performance, a skit, and a fashion show of sorts! What would follow could only be termed as pure, raucous, school fun! And as though that wasn’t enough we would be in for a treat, courtesy the school as each of us would get a box filled with sweets, a bar of chocolate and a tetra pack of juice. We loved it all. Year after year, we made some beautiful memories with our teachers.
Fast Forward To Now…Children’s Day is no longer an event celebrated in school. Most schools actually give the day off to kids to stay home. They know its Children’s Day but for them its pretty much like any other mid-week holiday. The fun and excitement is clearly missing.
Here’s what you can do to further the change!
Educate children on their rights and the rights of fellow children:
- The right to be educated
- The right to a childhood
- The right to be healthy
- The right to be treated fairly
- The right to be heard
- The right to proper medical care
- The right to be in a clean and sanitary environment
- The right to freedom of beliefs
- The right to freedom of beliefs of others and acceptance of differences
- The right to be safe and secure
Imagine a world where your child didn’t have access to clean water, education, or basic sanitary needs. Sadly, that’s the predicament of some children today. Today is World Children’s Day, a day of action for children to live in a world where NO child dies of preventable causes and every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
A child should not have to be born into a life they wouldn’t choose because of their geographical location or resources.
You can make a child smile today.
Happy Children’s Day to your kids — if you have one, to your siblings and cousins.
Love always, Dee❤️