Last Updated on November 20, 2023 by Celeste.
World Children’s Day is celebrated annually on November 20th to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. It is a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness about children’s rights and to advocate for their well-being. The day is marked by various events and activities organized by UNICEF and other organizations worldwide.
World Children Day
Children’s rights are human rights, and World Children’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the importance of prioritizing children’s rights and participation in decision-making processes. By empowering children and young people to speak out on issues that matter to them, we can help build a better future for all.
This year, UNICEF is encouraging children and young people to reimagine a better future and to speak out on issues that matter to them. The Changing Childhood Project is a research initiative that explores how childhood is changing by comparing experiences across generations. Understanding the experiences of young people can help us improve life for all children, today and into the future.
World Children’s Day in Greece
The SOS Children’s Villages charity is organizing an awareness-raising campaign today to mark World Children’s Day.
The campaign includes presentations at schools where the organization has local chapters, as well as an event at the Kypseli Municipal Market in downtown Athens, where the NGO, which is dedicated to supporting children without parental care and families at risk, will present its work and the challenges faced by thousands of children in this country from poverty, neglect, abuse and other deprivations.
All events in detail
SOS Children’s Village of Vari: Information, experiential workshop, screening of educational films on Children’s Rights and creation of the Children’s Rights Charter by the children of the Village
SOS Children’s Village of Crete: 20/11/23, Conference on “The rights of the child”, in collaboration with the Metropolitan College, Amphitheater “Kalliopi”, Metropolitan College, Thalita, 12:30 – 14:45 (open to the public, free entry)
SOS Children’s Village of Plagiario: Visit and information of 5th and 6th grade students of the Primary Schools of Plagiario and Trilofos
Child and Family Support Center & Learning and Pedagogical Support Center of Athens: 20/11/2023, “I play and learn my rights”, Municipal Market of Kypseli, 14:30-18:30, music-kinetic and experiential workshops to get to know the rights for young and old, display and distribution of informative material and live information from the partners of the Centers (open to the public, free participation)
SOS Children’s Village Plagiario & Child and Family Support Center & Learning and Pedagogical Support Center of Thessaloniki: 18/11/23, Agia Sophia – Tsimiski Pedestrian Street, 11.00-15.00, Activities with crafts and painting, face painting, motor activities-games (open to the public, free membership)
Center for Learning and Pedagogical Support of Thessaloniki: 20/11/23, Central Children’s Library of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, 17.00-19.00, “Come and know your rights”, event with experiential activities and presentation of a book by the author Sofia Panidou on the rights of the child (open to the public, free entry, aimed at children)
Child and Family Support Center Thessaloniki: Educational and experiential workshop for 6th grade students aged 45 and 50th of Thessaloniki Primary Schools.
Child and Family Support Center of Crete: Informative and educational activity for students and parents at the 35th Kindergarten of Heraklion
Child and Family Support Center of Ioannina: 18/11/2023, “I discover my rights”, in collaboration with DIPETHE, Kamperio Theater, 12:00-15:00 , musical theater games & film screening (open to the public, free admission)
Child and Family Support Center & Professional and Family Support Center of Kalamata: “I have a life, I have a voice, I have rights”, 20/11/2023, Othonos Square Kalamata, 17.00-20.00, Informative-entertainment activity focused on the rights of the child , children will have the opportunity to communicate their own messages, play, paint and plant bulbs of “hope” (open to the public, free entry)
Child and Family Support Center & Learning and Pedagogical Support Center of Patras: 20/11/23, Conference entitled “World Children’s Day: The right to the family”, Agora Argyri, Patras, 18.00-20.00, with the participation of children’s choir “Cantelena”, the topics will focus on alternative child care and the institution of Fostering (open to the public, free participation)
Komotini Child and Family Support Center: 19/11/2023, “Once…and a Right”, Grove of Agia Paraskevi Komotini (behind the sword), 11:00 -13:00, Open event with four booths, stalls, panels. In each pavilion children will be able to find separate activities: 1.My rights 2.I unlock the right to peace 3.Right to education 4.Diversity (open to the public, free participation)
Child and Family Support Center of Mytilini: 20/11/2023, Sappho Square Mytilini, 17:00 – 19:00, informative & entertainment activities, interactive games, painting (open to the public, free entry) & 23/11/2023, “Learning about rights”, “Book and Art” bookstore, Mytilini, 17:00 – 18:00, Interactive reading of the book “Do I have a right?” I have the right!” for young and old by the author Panos Christodoulou and artistic events (open to the public, free entry)
Child and Family Support Center Piraeus: 20/11/2023, 17.00 – 20.00 Korai Square, Piraeus, Information and awareness about the Rights of the Child and theater play by the Theater group “Wheel” (open to the public, free entry) & Educational/experiential workshop for 5th and 6th grade students of Piraeus Primary Schools
Child and Family Support Center of Sapa: Visit and information in schools (Intercultural Primary School of Sapa, Intercultural Gymnasium and Lyceum of Sapa)
SOS Children’s Villages Greece
SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Greece since 1975. Due to the financial crisis which started in the late 2000s, they have increased their activities in the country. Their eight family strengthening programs, two youth programs, and four villages providing family-based care currently support over 2,000 children and adults. In 2015, they started providing emergency aid to refugee families and children arriving in Greece.
Make a donation
Here is how to help give every child a nurturing and loving home: https://sos-villages.gr/en/make-donation/