This week (October 18th – 26th) is Children’s Week, a celebration of the rights of children all over the World. Australia has signed up to the “UN Convention on the Rights of a Child” which has a set of 54 articles founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each child, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability. These standards set minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be respected by everyone.
Children's Week celebrations incorporate the right of children to enjoy childhood, demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities through a diverse range of events and activities organised at national, state and territory levels. This year the focus is on the article that gives emphasis on children’s right to speak and be heard and this article is at the heart of many of the activities being held this week.
All states are holding an array of events and activities giving kids the opportunity to express themselves and enjoy the celebrations together. Children are able to celebrate their own achievements, present their talents and skills, and just have good fun. Families and communities reflect on the lives of children in other parts of the world where safety and freedom are not a certainty.
For more info about events in your area check out your states Children’s Week webpage or www.childrensweek.org.au
This weekend (Saturday 25th & 26th October) is WA’s Telethon, an annual fundraiser that over the years has raised in excess of $154 million to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases. Find out more, jump on - telethon.7perth.com.au/
Australia is known as “the lucky country” due to its economic prosperity and social values, these events remind us that not all kids in Australia or the World are as lucky’, and gives the opportunity to reflect and take action.