Universal Children’s Day

Group of 5 smiling children

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Resources for educators here.

Photo credit: Students at Hadew primary school in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo: UNICEF/UN043870/Lister

See also

National Children’s Day (UK) 12 May

International Children’s Day 1 June

Universal Children’s Day 20 November

National Children’s Day

5 children sitting in a row with their arms around each other

National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.

You can run any big or small activity or event that you want for the week up to and including the day – but don’t forget to let us know what you are up to!

From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks – it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about projects you are running or things you care about.

Play Day

Play Day Logo

Playday is the national day for play in the UK, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August.

On Playday, thousands of children and their families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK.

From small-scale community events to thousands of children taking part in events organised in parks and open spaces  – Playday is celebrated by each community in a way that suits them.

As well as a celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives.

Find out more about Playday.

Playday is coordinated by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

Resources available to run your own event.

National Children’s Day

5 children sitting in a row with their arms around each other

National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.

You can run any big or small activity or event that you want for the week up to and including the day – but don’t forget to let us know what you are up to!

From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks – it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about projects you are running or things you care about.

See also

National Children’s Day (UK) 12 May

International Children’s Day 1 June

Universal Children’s Day 20 November