November 17, 2017 saw children ‘taking over’ Government and media institutions as part of the observance of Universal Children’s Day.
In Parliament two (2) youth ambassadors presented key areas of concern, including the need for further efforts to promote social cohesion, addressing mental health issues, and ensuring that children living with disabilities have access to quality education and health care. Children also expressed concerns during ‘take overs’ in schools in Regions Six and Seven.
The media supported this ‘take over’ initiative by allowing children to be guests or presenters on talk shows and reporters and anchors of the evening news cast on the National Communications Network (NCN). They also worked behind the scenes with writers and technical staff.
In 2017 children from around the world were encouraged to take over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and fulfil their potential. Annually, this observance celebrates the progress made for children, while taking stock of what still needs to be done.
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. Focus is placed on Article 12 of the CRC that guarantees to all children and young people the right to freely express their views on all matters affecting them.