Updated: Jul 17
Do you ever wonder what it would be like if we asked children to change the world?
Today is International Children’s Day, so to celebrate, we are inviting children to send in their answers to the question “what can we do to make the world a better place?”.
Whether it’s a drawing, a video, a voice note, a story, a painting – we want to feature what children think should change in the world! Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check below for some of our first submissions.
1st June 2020 International Children’s Day
On June 1st each year, 48 countries around the world celebrate International Children’s Day, to highlight issues faced by children around the world. It originated in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1925 after the first “World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children.”
Different countries have different customs to celebrate, but often it involves fun activities at school, giving small gifts to children, singing songs or family trips out. Countries which celebrate International Children’s Day on 1st June include China, India, Singapore, and many more.
Many ex-Soviet countries celebrate ‘The International Day for Protection of Children’ on June 1st. This was first recognised in 1950 following the 1949 Women’s International Democratic Federation’s congress in Moscow.
This year, you can download a new story book called “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!”. It aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 and was produced by more than 50 organisations including the WHO, the UN, the Red Cross and Save The Children.
The UK and UN’s World Children’s Day
Some countries, including the UK, Canada and New Zealand, celebrate Children’s Day on a different day – November 20th.
This was when it was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1959 with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This day promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and the improvement of children’s welfare.
You can find out below how to support children during this crisis, in the UK and overseas.
International Children’s Day: What do kids think we can do to make the world a better place?
If we were to ask children to change the world, what would they say? Well…kids say the most amazing things!
When we asked them “what can we do to make the world a better place?”, this is what Hunter, aged 4, had to say:
6 year old Altuğ believes the world could be that little bit sweeter:
We think they are onto something…don’t you?!
How to support children during COVID-19
COVID-19 and lockdowns has made supporting vulnerable children more difficult than ever, and children’s charities are advising many ways that you can support from your home.
In the UK
COVID-19’s impact on children’s schooling means that children's charities are more in need than ever for support to protect the most vulnerable. You can find a full list of places to support on our donations and actions pages.
Save The Children: you can visit their helpful guides to talk to children about coronavirus and inspiring ideas to keep kids entertained here. You can also sign the Save the Children petition CORONAVIRUS: STANDING WITH FAMILIES IN THE UK.
NSPCC: provides ‘Coronavirus advice and support for parents and carers’ and they have seen a surge in calls to Childline. Donate to their fund or join in their Big Step Challenge on 6 June!
Young Minds has a number of resources for children and parents to support children’s mental health – including a helpline – and you can donate to their emergency fund here. Their #BeyondTomorrow campaign wants the government to support young people’s mental health after the crisis is over – you can add your name to this here.
In homes where children are exposed to domestic abuse, it can have lasting impact on their development and future relationships. Sign this petition to ask the government to protect victims in the long term.
Millions of child refugees face life-threatening situations every day. Refugee camps are overcrowded and under-resourced with hand sanitation equipment and medical supplies.
Plan International has also launched their Coronavirus: Children’s Emergency Appeal.
For more guidance on supporting children and young people through COVID-19, visit the GOV.UK website.
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Each week we publish more ideas on how you can get involved. If you know of any initiatives in your community that you think we should promote get in touch to tell us about them.