Last Updated on 21 Noveember 2021, 6:43 PM IST: World Children’s Day 2021 is observed to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. The children who are deprived of their fundamental right to know the real purpose of human life must be provided with the opportunity to access Eternal Knowledge. Here in this article, the readers would know the real solution to ensure a joyful life for children.
World Children’s Day 2021: Highlights
- The UN observes World Children’s Day as Universal Children’s Day on November 20 every year.
- World Children’s Day was first founded in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day.
- On this day each year, the UN promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide for children’s welfare.
- All parts of society including parents, government, and professionals play an important part relevant for their locality.
- Year 2021 sees the COVID-19 crisis as a child rights crisis and needs to be addressed.
- It’s time to adopt the right method of worship of the Supreme God Kabir by taking Naam Initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj to avoid all crisis.
Why Has the UN Agency UNICEF Stepped in for Children?
Post-World War II, the condition of children in Europe was dangerous, and the United Nations’ new agency stepped in to support those children for food, clothing, and health care.
In 1953, as a permanent part of the UN, UNICEF started a campaign worldwide against scarring disease concerning numerous children. In 1959, the UN General Assembly embraced a Declaration of the Rights of the Child for protection, education, health care, shelter, and good nutrition. UNICEF worked for more than a decade by focusing on child health issues. UNICEF grew its area to speak for the needs of the children and their concern regarding education, support for teacher training, and classroom equipment.
What Is the Aim of World Children’s Day?
On this day each year, the United Nations (UN) promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, encourages and organizes this special day, which also makes efforts towards cultivating children’s welfare.
António Guterres, UN Secretary-General Gave a Message
António Guterres, UN Secretary-General gave a message on this World Children’s Day,
“my message to children and young people leading on ClimateAction is simple: Never give up. Never retreat. Keep pushing forward. I am with you. We’re in the fight of our lives & this fight must be won.”
World Children’s Day 2021 Theme
This year the theme of the World Children’s Day 2021 is “A Better Future for Every Child”
When and Why Is World Children’s Day Celebrated?
The UN celebrates World Children’s Day as Universal Children’s Day on November 20 every year. World Children’s Day was first established in 1954. On November 20 in the year 1959 the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In 1989, on this date the UN General Assembly accepted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children’s Day has been commemorated on November 20 to mark the anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.
Universal Children’s Day Timeline
- 1920: Children’s Day was first declared a national holiday in Turkey
- 1954: The United Nations formally established Universal Children’s Day
- 1959: The UN General Assembly adopted an extended version of the Declaration of Rights of the Child
- 2012: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations led the initiative for every child to be able to attend school by 2015
What Are UNICEF’s Achievements?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) is the guiding force for UNICEF. The Convention proved to be the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty. The Convention transformed the way children are regarded and handled as human beings with a definite set of rights rather than mere objects of care and charity. The whole world has shown unprecedented acceptance of the Convention to advance children’s rights. Much has been achieved from falling infant mortality to rising school admission. The convention has much remaining to be performed.
In 1965, UNICEF achieved the Nobel Peace Prize “for the Promotion of brotherhood among nations.” At present, UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories to support the most vulnerable and excluded children.
What Is the Present State of the World’s Children?
Each child must have access to health, education, and protection. Every society should expand children’s opportunities in life. But millions of children in the world are deprived of a reasonable chance due to their birth in a country, gender, or circumstances.
- Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty – UNICEF study in 2016
- Around the world, 20 percent of children live in extreme poverty, surviving only on less than US$1.90 a day.
- About 45 per cent of children are living in households subsisting on less than $3.10 a day per person
- In the year 2019, 149 million children under the age of five were underdeveloped worldwide.
- 175 million children could not be admitted in pre-primary education.
- 60 percent of children left primary school without attaining minimum competence levels in reading and mathematics.
- Even today, more than 250 million children remain affected by armed conflict.
- One billion children face emotional, physical, or sexual violence every year.
- One out of five children die from violence every five minutes.
- The risk of violence varies with the children’s age, vulnerability, gender, disability, poverty, nationality, or religious origin.
- Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of children living in extreme poverty at just under 50 per cent
- South Asia has the second highest share at nearly 36 per cent
- 30 percent of extremely poor children live in India alone.
- Four out of five children in extreme poverty live in rural areas in India.
How the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Care for Children?
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) prioritizes many matters affecting the lives of children, young people and their families. There is remarkable progress in decreasing preventable child deaths, more admissions of children in schools, lessening extreme poverty and providing safe water and nutritious food.
There remain many pressing issues including tackling inequalities, economic growth, protecting children from violence and preventing climate change that were not satisfactorily included in the MDGs. In September of 2015, the UN adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pledged to end poverty by 2030. The UN strives to make serious efforts to tackle the following situations:
- 52 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthday between 2019 and 2030.
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, the death toll may increase to 16 times as compared to high-income countries.
- In sub-Saharan Africa nine out of ten children live in extreme poverty
- More than 60 million primary school-aged children may leave the school.
- 150 + million girls may marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.
Why Does the UN System Work for Children?
The United Nations is engaged in improving the state of children in a wide spectrum. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focuses on education; the International Labour Organisation (ILO) works to abolish child labor, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) run the Children and Youth Program, the World Food Programme (WFP) cares the nutritional work for mothers and young children and the last but not the least the World Health Organization (WHO) campaigns for disease-eradication.
There are a number of observances dedicated to children initiated by the United Nations.
- 4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
- 12 June: World Day Against Child Labour
- 12 August: International Youth Day
- 11 October: International Day of the Girl Child
What Can We Do on Children’s Day?
We as, mothers and fathers, educators, health workers, rulers and civil society campaigners, devout and civic elders, corporate tycoons and media authorities, the youth and children themselves, can utilize the November 20 day to visualize the children’s future we want to see and the actions necessary to complete their local needs and resources.
World Children’s Day approaches all of us in a stimulating effort to encourage, boost and commemorate children’s rights, discuss priorities and decide upon actions to build a better tomorrow for children.
How Do Schools and Parents Need to Celebrate World Children’s Day?
To celebrate World Children’s Day at school, teach the students the true purpose of life, moral and spiritual education. The school and the parents should start a special program with telling stories of great saints who visited the Eternal Abode and spoke in poetry form after coming back. To cite a few are Saint Kabir Das, Saint Garib Das, Guru Nanak Dev, Saint Ravidas and Meerabai Ji, and last but not the least the present day Enlightened Saint, SatGuru Rampal Ji.
Why World Children’s Day Becomes Significant Amid COVID-19 Pandemic?
The year 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in a child rights crisis. The pandemic has created all sorts of emergencies for children’s right of education, nutritious food, economic independence, and happy living. The coronavirus outbreaks may deepen many society issues such as child labor, children early death and children violence.
The responsible citizens may think about deploying innovative means and technologies to cut down the effects. On 20 November, it is time to revisit to pre-visualize the type of world we want to recreate during the extraordinary situation of COVID-19.
What Can Be a Real Solution for Children’s Joyful Living?
The children should be encouraged to adopt the True Devotion (Sat-Bhakti) of the Absolute Sat Kabir or Allahu Akbar. True Devotion starts by taking the Naam Initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. The regular practice of Sat-Sadhna and Satguru’s Blessings eliminates the bad effects of accumulated sin and bestows joyful living and ultimately the seeker attains salvation. For more read Sacred Book Way of Living and listen to SatGuru Rampal Ji Maharak’s sermons at Satlok Ashram YouTube Channel.
World Children’s Day Quotes
- Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
- Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured. — Jawaharlal Nehru
- Every child has the right to access Eternal Knowledge to build a better future. – Jagatguru Rampal Ji Maharaj
- Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged by man. — Rabindranath Tagore
- Preach Sat-Gyan to children to know the real purpose of life to lead to Joyful and faultless life. – Jagatguru Rampal Ji Maharaj
- The secret of genius is to preserve the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. – Aldous Huxley
- We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Salvation is the fundamental right of every child who takes birth on the earth, teach them Sat-Bhakti. – Jagatguru Rampal Ji Maharaj
- Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. — Margaret Mead