By Janelle Yahne
Though it is not officially celebrated by the United States, Universal Children’s Day promotes awareness for and about children throughout the world. On this day in 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Children and later the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. There are many children here and in the rest of the world that struggle each day for food, shelter, and basic necessities we may take for granted. Some children are sold into slavery or become child soldiers. Though each country may choose the date to celebrate this day of awareness, some countries use this date.
On this day, people volunteer for programs that help children, or help children gain awareness of the world around them. With Thanksgiving and Christmas so close, spending time in a soup kitchen or with Salvation Army might be a great way to get the family involved. UNICEF has a lot of information about children as well as the United Nations’ website. Search our website to find information about children in developing countries and their welfare.