Acknowledging childhood rights and freedom

Come and play: Children should be able to meet together with their peers in safe environments. Photo: Shutterstock.
Come and play: Children should be able to meet together with their peers in safe environments. Photo: Shutterstock.

All children world-wide have the right to enjoy childhood by demonstrating their talents, skills and abilities.

This is so for thousands of Australian children and their families taking part in activities and events through schools, playgroups, childcare, kindergartens, cultural groups, libraries, departments and community groups during Children's Week 2020.

Children's Week is held from October 24 - November 1 and this year the theme is based on United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 15.

This is that children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.

The theme in 2020 aligns well with the global health pandemic and the outgoing concerns about the safety of children in an online environment."

Governor-General David Hurley

In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.

In other words, you have the right to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn't harmful to others.

Each year, Children's Week Council of Australia promotes a diverse range of events and activities at national, state and local levels to focus the attention of the wider community on children, their needs and achievements.

Preference: Children should have the right to choose their own friends and groups. Photo: Shutterstock.

Preference: Children should have the right to choose their own friends and groups. Photo: Shutterstock.

Australian Governor-General David Hurley is the Children's Week national patron.

"One of the great things about Children's Week is that, for a period of seven days in our busy lives, the Children's Week Council of Australia conducts a range of activities across the country that highlights the needs of children as well as their achievements."

"The theme in 2020 aligns well with the global health pandemic and the outgoing concerns about the safety of children in an online environment."

"As patron of the council I am very supportive of the positive messages it sends about young Australians and the many ways in which they enrich our society."

Children's Week originated from the United Nations General Assembly's proclaimed Universal Children's Day which began in 1954 and always features in October.

For individual state events and activities visit: childrensweek.org.au.

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