20th November – World Children’s Day

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20th November 1989, a day celebrated annually as Universal Children’s Day.

This celebration presents an ideal occasion for a school or class to celebrate and investigate children’s rights. Article 42 of the convention places a duty on governments, and adults too, to teach children about their rights. This can also be a time for research and reflection on how far children’s rights are respected and protected around the world. Teaching resources for different age groups about Children’s Rights are available on the following site: