Children’s right to play day


If you look at the United Nations website you’ll find the following words: United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It may sound a little dry, but thanks to this Declaration and Convention, children have the right to life, health, education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated against, and to have their views heard.

So next time you’re tempted to put a stop to your children’s play – just remember that play is their human right!   You have been warned.