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Kids take over


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Monday marked the 28th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was supported by nearly every member state of the United Nations. It is the organisation’s most multilateral document, as it includes the entire range of human rights, including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. Therefore, in many countries 20 November is celebrated as Universal Children’s Day, intended to promote the wellbeing of children and to protect their rights. This year, children were guests of honour at the European Parliament and at United Nations headquarters, and special events were also hosted in Slovenia.

As part of a global UNICEF campaign, children in Slovenia also took over the most important roles in economics, education, sports, culture, the media and politics. In this way the children sent their messages to the leaders, in the hope that their voices would be heard and taken into consideration. The point of this symbolic role reversal is to promote cooperation so that children can make use of their potential, while on the other hand it is a time when the voices of children are more easily heard.

Research on satisfaction among children conducted by UNICEF Slovenia as a part of Universal Children’s Day showed that only 4% of children in Slovenia believe that their life was not as they would wish it to be, and just shy of 70% are satisfied with their life. While this data is positive, it also provides motivation to work together to bring the percentage of dissatisfied children down to zero. Children are in fact aware of current affairs, and therefore they have to be better included in decision-making about our future.

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