World Children’s Day – When it started and why we celebrate it

A group of young teenagers covered in coloured powder waving their hands around.

Children and young people deserve a day of recognition - and they have it. It's called World Children's Day and it's celebrated on November 20th every year.

The idea for this occasion was first thought up in 1954 and called Universal Children’s Day. It was created to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare.

Since 1954, World Children’s Day has become a significant date on the calendar. In 1959, it was the day the UN General Assemby adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Then, in 1989, it was the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United Nations provides a theme every year for the occasion and the official aim of World Children’s Day is to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.


So, what do children and young people get to do on World Children's Day?

Well, it’s a fun day with a serious message, when kids ‘take over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to shine a light on the most pressing challenges faced by their generation.

It’s a day that is all about the importance of children and how they have special rights and freedoms that help them to grow into happy, healthy adults.


Colour of World Children’s Day

Blue is the symbolic colour for children’s rights on World Children’s Day. You can show your support by wearing blue on November 20th.

World Children’s Day Activities in School

  • Make children and young people aware of the importance and history of World Children’s Day in school assembly.

  • Light up the school and landmark buildings in blue.

  • Wear a blue outfit on this special day of 20th Nov.

  • Wear a blue ribbon around your wrist.

  • Wear a blue cap on this day.

  • Change your profile picture to blue on social media platforms.

  • Present children tableau shows.

  • Educate children about their rights.

Click here to read more about the rights every child and young person is entitled to.