October 22nd, 2020

Celebrate National Child Day


By Submitted Article on November 9, 2019.

Vicki Hazelwood

LETHBRIDGE EARLY YEARS COALITION

Happy National Child Day!

National Child Day is celebrated across Canada on Nov. 20 to promote awareness about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of children with 54 articles that provide us with a solid road map of what is needed to raise healthy and happy children and youth. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Many children in Lethbridge do not have the basics – affordable housing or quality child care, for example. As a city rich in children, it’s important for us to recognize National Child Day. As a community, we can have the most direct positive impact on the lives of children. Supporting children’s rights is a key factor in improving their quality of life.

Why are children’s rights important? Did you know:

– One in five Canadian children live in poverty;

– One in three Canadian children have experienced some form of child abuse;

– Only nine per cent of Canadian children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day;

– Almost half of our youngest learners in Lethbridge are not meeting their developmental milestones by the time they enter kindergarten.

Celebrating National Child Day raises awareness of the rights of children and youth, especially for those who face social marginalization within our city. In countries where awareness of children rights is high, children are healthier, safer and happier.

Despite our abundant resources, many children and youth in Lethbridge face poverty, bullying, discrimination, poor mental health and abuse. A community that promotes and invests in healthy childhood development, free from these adversities, raises healthier and more engaged citizens.

Lethbridge Early Years Coalition is hosting a free National Child Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lethbridge College. There will be games, prizes, snacks, multicultural dancing, a community craft project, outdoor play and more! Thirty community organizations are participating, each hosting an engaging activity for children and providing information about their programs and services for caregivers. For more information visit http://www.lethbridgeearlyyears.ca.

Lethbridge is a community that is rich in organizations that care deeply about children and youth’s healthy development. Join with them to celebration National Child Day this year!

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