Posted by OAHSA on October 21, 2014

What is National Child Day?

National Child Day, celebrated annually on November 20th, is a day dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and youth.  Celebrated since 1993, National Child Day commemorates the United Nations' adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20, 1989. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UNCRC– an important milestone.

The UNCRC spells out the basic human rights to which all children under the age of 18 are entitled, including the right to health, the right to play and the right to participate and have a voice in matters that affect them. By ratifying the Convention in 1991, Canada made a commitment to ensure that children are treated with dignity and respect, and are protected from harm both in Canada and abroad.  

How can you celebrate National Child Day?

Resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada

The Agency’s National Child Day website ( provides children and youth, parents and caregivers, educators and others in the community with interactive activities and resources to help celebrate National Child Day.


· New this year, we have added a Community Events Calendar! Please post details of events your organization is hosting, and encourage others in your network to post details of their events.  You can also use it to find out where events are being hosted in your community.  After National Child Day, we also encourage you and others in your network to share details and stories about how you celebrated. 

· We have also added an Electronic Banner to promote the 25th Anniversary of the UNCRC. The Electronic Banner can be linked to the National Child Day website to encourage others to learn more about children’s rights. Please help to share this banner by distributing it to your networks and placing it on your website!

· In collaboration with the Students Commission of Canada, we have developed social media messages “for youth, by youth” to raise awareness of child rights and National Child Day. We encourage you to use these products [Twitter/Facebook messages (scroll down to find messages), social media memes (attached)an infographic, and a tip sheet for parents and educators about how to engage youth using social media (scroll down to find tip sheet)] to promote children’s rights with the children and youth in your life.

· Finally, please join us for a Fireside Chat and discussion on Child Rights and Public Health – What’s the Connection? hosted by CHNET-Works and the Public Health Agency of Canada on November 20, 2014 - 1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time.  


The Children’s Rights Activity Kit includes: 
· Children’s Rights Activity Guide, which contains various activities for teaching children and youth about their rights through both discussion and physical activity-based activities. For example, discussion based activities allow children to brainstorm and describe children’s rights related to the UNCRC. The physical activities allow children to create dramatic performances and play charades to visually enact themes of the UNCRC. 
· colouring poster and poster activity guides for children ages kindergarten to Grade 8
· child-friendly backgrounder about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  
Resources from some of our partner organizations


Please share the following social media messages in your networks:

Learn about ways to celebrate #NationalChildDay #youth #PHAC 

Community Events Calendar 
Celebrate #NationalChildDay! Find out what is happening in your area: #PHAC

What is the connection between #childrights and #publichealth? Register on Nov 20 to find out #NationalChildDay #PHAC

Thank you for helping us to celebrate National Child Day 2014!

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