In 1954, the UN General Assembly nominated a day to promote the importance of a safe and healthy childhood in a day of fraternity amongst children in all countries. Whilst most countries in the world celebrate children’s rights on the 20th of November (UN nominated day) in the UK, it is believed to be crucial for children to get outside on children’s day and interact with communities and other children. This is why in the UK it is held at the beginning of summer as opposed to November. However the International Day for Protection of children is observed in most countries as International Children’s Day and is on the first of June.
Whilst by all means it is important to celebrate all children on this day it is also a crucial time to inform them of hardships that other children face on a daily basis such as children being used as labourers, whilst some are immersed in army conflicts or living on the streets. We encourage you as a school or teacher to share the reality of less fortunate children in the world who are simply suffering because of differences. An idea is to go through The Rights of Children in a simplistic manner so that children know what rights all children in this world should be entitled to.
Recently, the International Development Committee called for the Department of International Development to increase its spending on education. Other strategies such as health, disasters and civil society receive a greater funding than education which leads to the concern that the UK aid strategy isn’t placing a great enough importance on making sure that children across the developing world have access to a proper education.
The truth is that we need to place a greater importance and emphasis on education as children who don’t attend school are often the most vulnerable and marginalised and can then go through the hardships and horrors of child labour and army conflicts.
Although progress is being made, it is not enough, many children are still in this day and age being left behind and unable to go to school because their parents rely on them for labour and many schools across the world lack water points and even latrines. Others can’t go to school due to the fact that they may speak a language that is not supported at their school or their learning material, showing that differences in language, religion and background are still barriers that children are facing.
Whilst in other countries in the world girl’s education is not valued as they are not seen as equal. This leads to many girls being unable to attend school and being forced into marriages at a young age. On the other hand, in some societies boys are expected to earn an income instead of furthering their education at an adolescent age, preventing them from attending school for more than a limited amount of years.
The Hope Orphan Pre School Youth Group (HOPSYG) was founded in 2008 with the goal of educating children from the poorest slums in Mombasa Mshomoroni and Kenya.
HOPSYG provide preschool education to children who are at times as old as ten but do not have any basic or numeracy education. Not only that, but children are also provided with clean water and a porridge meal every day, which is sadly often the only meal they receive in a day.
Additionally, the organisation has gone one step further and also provide emergency medical help to those in need.
We strongly believe in children’s rights and above all, the right to an education which is why when we heard about HOPSYG, we knew we had to get involved. This is why we fund-raise for HOPSYG, because we want to help make a difference and help make a difference in the lives of children and their families.