World Children’s Day – Children’s Rights and the Aftermath of the Covid-19 Pandemic

As we now know, children are spared the worst devastation from the direct impact of Covid-19. Unfortunately, they are experiencing the most extreme consequences of the indirect effects of the pandemic, and in terms of the long-term aftershocks, it is probably the heaviest of all.

World Children’s Day is celebrated in November of each year (countries differ on the specific day). The day aims to promote the well – being of children and it is possible to trace its roots back to the 19th century. In its current form, the focus is on the achievement and protection of children’s rights. On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly formally adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child – November 20 was also the day when the General Assembly in 1989 adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

In South Africa, we celebrate National Children’s Day every year on the first Saturday in November to highlight progress in the promotion and realization of children’s rights. The CRC codifies the involvement of children in decisions that affect them, but also sets standards for health, education and social services.

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