Universal Children’s Day

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On Dec. 14, 1954 the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding of children. The Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter now the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  November 20 also marks the day that the Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of the Child in 1959. This became the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Nov. 20, 1989. It is an international human rights treaty for all children.  All the nations except for the United States, Somalia, and South Sudan have ratified this treaty and each are working on various projects to improve some condition in their country. The U.S. is not eligible to participate in any of these global committees.

OMEP-USA’S CHILDREN’S DAY  and Universal Children’s Day


In 2003, the United States Committee of OMEP (World Organization for the Education of Young Children) declared November 20 as a special day each year to honor and support all children in the U.S. and worldwide and to promote a better understanding of their needs and rights throughout the year.  Nov. 20 coinsides with the UN signing of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).   OMEP-USA celebrates and supports Universal Children’s Day. 


 How  Do  We  Celebrate  Universal  Children’s  Day ?


  •  ADD UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY to your home and school calendar, websites, social media pages and agendas. Send a letter to your local newspaper and flyers to your library.


  • PLAN A PARTY with your CHILDREN on or close to NOVEMBER 20! Honor and celebrate children by using this time to teach them about the importance of helping other children and understanding their rights and responsibilities.


  • CHOOSE A THEME FOR YOUR PARTY! You can use one of the Children’s Rights such as the right to play, have friends and peaceful gatherings, or have a name and identity as a theme to connect your children to other children. For older children, design or join an existing essay contest o n Universal Children’s Day.
Have Fun!


The CRC has 42 articles or rights supporting children summarized into 4 categories- the right to survival, the right to develop to the fullest potential, the right to protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and the right to participation in family, cultural, and social life. The CRC provides the framework for basic conditions for healthy development that all children need but too many do not have. These global standards are also guidelines for parents, families, teachers, private and government agencies, and industries.


Currently the CRC document has been sent to the President asking him to send it to the U.S. Senate   for their approval. If two-thirds of the senate approve, it is sent to the President for his signature.


It then becomes law.  U.S. ratification of the CRC would enhance our role as an international leader in human rights and allow us to participate in the international committee for children’s rights. It would also help our children. If you want to write or e-mail the President, the address is The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, the White House, Washington, D.C. 20500.


Let’s make every day UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY, a day we can support and celebrate all children. It would improve conditions for children and promote a Culture of Peace for All.



Find out if there are other schools and programs celebrating Universal Children’s Day. Send all your information to meg gardinier- mailtomgardinier@dayofprayerandaction.org so that she can put them on the Children’s Rights Campaign website. www.childrightscampaign.org. 

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For more information contact:

Dorothy Sailor: dorothysailor@ gmail.com    

Ebony Cray Jones: e.crayjones@omep-usa.org