In 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Since then, 20 November has been the day to mark Universal Children’s Day around the world. The theme of the day for this year is: “Investing in our future means investing in our children”.
The main aim of Universal Children’s Day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst children.
We remember today the children we know in our families, communities, places of ministry and neighbourhoods.
We think of children in schools and those deprived of the chance of an education because of poverty, lack of opportunities, being forced into an early marriage or displaced by war or other violence.
We pray for children who are or have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused by someone they may have trusted in their family, sporting group, school, locale or church.
We remember children who are disabled or sick especially those who are in hospital at this time.
May governments and agencies everywhere be willing and creative in investing in children today and may we always remember that we are all children of the one God and brothers and sisters of each other.