The 2023 World Children’s Day has been marked at Weija Methodist Basic School in the Weija Gbawe Municipality.
The day is set aside to promote international togetherness, and awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare.
Celebrated annually on November 20, the day 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.
Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on Children’s rights.
Delivering a keynote address at the commemoration of the day at the Weija Methodist Basic School on Monday, November 20, Joseph Tettey Afangbe, the Founder and Executive Director of Young Visionary Leaders Ghana made a passionate call for the promotion of the rights of children.
This he argued will generate the dialogues to ensure a better world is built for children.
“Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen, World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entrypoint to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
“On this note, we wish all children worldwide a happy World Children’s Day 2023,” Joseph Tettey Afangbe said.
In Ghana, children’s rights are human rights.
However, in many communities in Ghana today, children’s rights (Right to education, good health and wellbeing, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, freedom of speech, etc…) are under attack.
This among many reasons is why Young Visionary Leaders Ghana believe commemorating World Children’s Day is important in the country.
The group holds the view that celebrating the day makes space for children and young people to raise their voices on the issues that matter to them.