National Child Day is celebrated on November 20 every year in Canada. It marks two important dates in Canada’s history, the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights
of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a requirement for a child to have the best start and become a successful and thriving citizen of the world. The Conven tion can be broken down into 3 sub-categories:
National Child Day and the Convention on the Rights of the Child acknowledge that children have rights too and that children deserve to be recognized as citizens of our community, and world.
At Norwood Centre, recognizing the rights and citizenship of children is embedded in all that we do. The child-sized furniture and materials to explore throughout the agency, the utilization of participant photos in our Program and Services Guide, and the naming of our Parent Respite Program rooms (Discovery Community and Exploration Community) demonstrate that everyone, including children, are valuable members of our community and space.
While Norwood Centre upholds the rights of children daily and in each program space we occupy, that is not the case in our community and our world. That is why, on November 20, it is important to reflect on how we can best teach children about their rights and how we can best acknowledge and honor these rights to give children the very best start in their journey.
To read the Convention, visit the UN website at: The Convention on the Rights of the Child: The child-friendly version | UNICEF State of Palestine
Celebrate National Child Day by supporting Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre! For more information about making a donation go to the donation page on our website or phone us at 780-471-3737.