International Children’s Day Celebrated Around The World
On June 1, people in many countries are celebrating International Children’s Day, bringing attention to the burning issues of child abuse and exploitation around the world.
The International Children's Day was established at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925. The International Children's Day was first celebrated in 1954 though under the direction of the United National General Assembly, but it was not celebrated on June 1. Another children's welfare day -- Universal Children's Day is still celebrated on November 20 of each year.
Children's Day is celebrated on 1 June each year. It is usually marked with speeches on children's rights and well being, children TV programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children, families going out etc
On November 20, 1959 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was then signed on the same day in 1989, which has since been ratified by 191 states.
International Celebrations in Countries With A History Of Child Right Violations
Cambodian PM Hun Sen on Monday expressed his sincere support for activities that have been dealing with Children in order to promote their rights and necessary resolutions for them.
"We strongly support the international day for children and it is a meaningful for stopping the child labor," the premier said in his statement for the annual International Children's Day.
Chinese President Hu Jintao visited two primary schools in Beijing Sunday, joining children in language classes, games and kite painting, and wishing them a healthy and bright future.
Hu made the visits on the eve of the annual International Children's Day, which falls on Monday and will be celebrated by about 250 million children under the age of 14 across the country.
HAVANA, Cuba, June 1 Cuban children and adolescents send their peers around the world a message of love and hope on the occasion of celebrations for International Children’s Day.
Bulgaria marks the International children’s day – June 1st. Festive celebrations, theatrical performances and concerts for the young ones are organized throughout the country. A church service was held for the health of the children in the Patriarchal cathedral in Sofia.
Chisinau, 1 June /MOLDPRES/ - "The 1 June holyday is one of major importance and I thank all those who helped preparing and holding some ample events dedicated to children throughout Moldova," Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin said at the inauguration of the Puppet's Festival - an event dedicated to the International Children's Day. The event was held at the Chisinau-based Moldexpo International Exhibition Centre.
At the same time, the president underlined that the special attention for children is not limited to this holyday. It represents one of the Moldovan authorities main concerns in their day by day activity. The children's protection, the ensuring of adequate conditions for their education, leisure time and multilateral development is to further be one of the Moldovan leadership s priorities, Voronin said.
Bunches of school children, girls and boys, were seen going to school in Afghan capital city Kabul on Monday, although unaware of International Children's Day.
Like many Afghans use one name, Karima, a student in grade five and studying in a public primary school asserted, "my dream is to become a doctor and serve my war-weary people."
When asked if she knows about International Children's Day, she said, "I don't know."
Although, the Afghan children know little about the International Children's Day, the state of children is going to improve gradually in the war-torn country as nearly 7.2 million children with 35 percent of them girls go to school in today's Afghanistan.
The ongoing insurgency has led to the closure of some 650 schools, mostly in the southern region where Taliban fighters are active. The trauma, according to Education Ministry, has prevented more than 400,000 children from schooling.
A marathon held under the motto Children against Drugs has started from Moscow Red square on Monday timed to coincide with the International Child Protection Day observed on June 1, a source from the Federal Service for Control of Drugs (FSKN) told Tass.
According to the Russian Prosecutor’s General Office, in 2008 more than 15, 000 adolescents, including 6,000 children under 16, were implicated in drugs abuse. A total of 3, 700 youngsters aged 14-18 and 1, 100 children under 14 were registered at medical establishments as suffering from a drug addict syndrome.
Despite the hopeful messages by political leaders released today around the world, million of children are still being abused, exploited or caught in the crossfire of major military conflicts internationally. What do you think the global community should really do on June 1? Should we choose to continue ignoring these issues, or is it time to act now? Should we choose to concentrate on positive things and just celebrate the childhood, or should we rally against children's rights violations and make ourselves heard? What is your opinion?