November 20 is National Child Day.
This day is a celebration of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Canada and countries around the world celebrate this day as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to ensure children’s rights are observed.
You can read about the rights of all children here. This treaty is the most comprehensive treaty in support of children and was signed and ratified by more nations than any other human rights document in history.
This year, our National Child Day theme is “It’s Our Right to Play!” It is based on Article 31 of the Convention, which says “Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.”
Play is an integral part of childhood. It is how children learn, develop, and grow.
At YMCA Calgary, we will be celebrating National Child Day in the following ways:
- Lots of play! Games, colouring and crafts, sports, and more.
- Staff and volunteers in children’s programming will wear blue to show support for the rights of children.
- In November, our social media feeds (Twitter and Facebook) will share quotes, information, and tips about the importance of play and how to play.
To learn more about National Child Day and the other activities happening in and around Calgary, check out www.nationalchildday.ca.
Let us know what fun things your family is doing to celebrate National Child Day and the child’s right to play by tweeting us a note or photo with the hashtags #YYCPlay and #NCDAlberta!
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