Children’s Week begins next week – how will you acknowledge it?
Children’s Week 2021 will be held between 23 October and 31 October 2021, with a theme based on UNCRC Article 15 – Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.
The Children’s Week Council of Australia is responsible for selecting the theme each year, as part of its mission to strongly advocate for and promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC).
The objectives of Children’s Week include:
Raising community awareness of the needs, rights, and achievements of children and youth
Encouraging the community, children’s services, support groups, schools, youth and community groups to plan and conduct events to celebrate childhood and to highlight issues involved in childhood and youth
Honouring parents and recognising the contribution of carers, workers and teachers in children’s development
Encouraging individuals, groups and organisations to organise local activities and events that support and involve children and their families
Recognising young people who are an example and role model for other young people through the presentation of Awards.
To celebrate Children’s Week thousands of children and their families around the country will be involved in activities during Children’s Week thanks to the participation of schools, childcare centres, play groups, libraries and cultural and community groups.
These events and activities focus the attention of the wider community on children and what’s important to them. Examples include education (in general), language and literacy, health, sport and recreation, the arts, science, as well as children’s cultural, social and emotional needs.
During Children’s Week children get to celebrate their own achievements, display their talents, demonstrate their skills and have fun. Families and communities reflect on the lives of children in other parts of the world where safety and freedom are not automatic.
For further information and a list of events in each area of Australia please see here.
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