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 adoption of:
- The Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959
- The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, 1989.
These documents spell 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.
Children’s rights aim to ensure that each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Respect for the rights of the child can only be fully achieved when everyone, including children themselves, recognize that every person has the same rights, and then adopts attitudes and behaviours of respect, inclusion and acceptance.
Equitas and its partners encourage Canadian children to #PlayItFair and speak their rights.
CELEBRATE WITH US!
OUR 2016 NATIONAL CHILD DAY #PlayItFair ACTIVITIES
(Please note that the content will be updated leading to November 20th)
Play It Fair! is an innovative program implemented in day camps, schools and after school programs across Canada that increases children aged 6-12 understanding of human rights, respect for diversity and peaceful conflict resolution.
The games and activities provide a starting point for children to discuss issues such as bullying, and work together to find ways to promote inclusion, respect for diversity, fairness, acceptance and cooperation.
Play it Fair! is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! Created and developed in Montreal, the Play it Fair! games and toolkit are now used by children aged 6-12 in 42 communities across Canada and in nearly 15 countries around the world. Learn more about Equitas’ impact on children and youth participation: http://bit.ly/2aAC41S
A. BOOKLET – 5 easy and fun ways to celebrate in your school and your community!
Looking for organizations in your area?
Equitas is working with more than 300 partners in 42 communities across Canada. Write to Adrianna to know about the organization in your area! agreenblat(a)equitas.org
B. Dear Justin Trudeau – Join our Postcard to Parliament Campaign!
Celebrate National Child Day (November 20th) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by sending a postcard to parliament!
More than 10,000 postcards are being sent each year by children all across Canada. By sending a postcard to parliament, children get to share their ideas with the Prime minister of Canada and other national decision-makers. Read more : Postcard to Parliament Tipsheet (pdf).
Three activities you can do with children :
Draw it Right (ACTIVITY SHEET)
I Have the Right (ACTIVITY SHEET)
Human Rights Twister (ACTIVITY SHEET)
C. 300 children are taking over the Senate in Ottawa
On November 25th, 2016, Equitas will be hosting a special activity in the Senate to celebrate National Child Day.
300 children (10-12 years old) from Ottawa schools will be taking over the Senate for an hour and a half of celebration and will learn about their rights through Equitas Play It Fair! activities. This special activity will give children the opportunity to explore why diversity is important to them and ways they can share their ideas and opinions so they can be heard.
D. 2016 Play It Fair! Award
Every year, this award recognizes local innovation, creativity and exceptional contributions made in the field of children’s rights using Play it Fair!, an Equitas program that increases children’s understanding of human rights, respect of diversity and peaceful conflict resolution. The winner of the 2016 award will be announced on November 20th.
Thank you to our visionary sponsors for supporting Canadian children learn respect for diversity and human rights through Play it Fair!