World Children's Day 2021

20th November 2021

The 20th of November marked World Children’s Day a day dedicated to all children. On this day, we celebrated the many achievements made in ensuring that children have access to their rights. However, we should continue to advocate for those children whose rights are not being guaranteed.

It is the responsibility of the Government, NGOs, organisations and all those working with and for children including parents/carers, educators and all those that have an impact on children’s lives, to ensure that all children have access to their rights.

The Office of the Commissioner for Children once again encouraged and supported Schools to celebrate World Children’s Day. Approximately 70 schools in Malta and Gozo organised many different activities promoting children’s rights.

The Office of the Commissioner for Children will be distributing different resources to all children in Kinder 2, year 5 and year 6 to commemorate this day. These resources include a story book on the prevention of child sexual abuse, a game promoting children’s rights and a child-friendly version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Office will also be distributing a leaflet to all students in year 8 to promote good mental health. A set of reading books will also be donated to all Middle School libraries to promote children’s rights and literacy.

Last week the Office also launched a new website to mark this day. The website is now more attractive and user-friendly.

 In the coming days the Office will also be launching the main findings of the research study on Child-friendly Towns and Villages being carried out by the Centre for Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health, on behalf of the Office, with the financial support of the Environment and Resource Authority.