Mark November 20 on your calendar as a day to set aside a little extra time to celebrate the children in your life.
That date marks the 21st Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which spells out the basic human rights to which children and youth everywhere are entitled.
To mark this special day, the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is offering a free Children’s Swim (for children 12 and under) on November 20. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Revelstoke Early Childhood Development (ECD) Committee is thrilled by the City of Revelstoke’s support of this family-friendly celebration of our community’s children. Coordinator, Tracy Spannier stated,
“National Child Day is a great way to remind ourselves that the most precious thing we can give our children is our time,” ECD Coordinator Tracy Spannier said in a statement. “On November 20th, give a hug, take a walk, then go for a swim together!”
National Child Day has been nationally celebrated in Canada since 1993. It commemorates the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights: the United Nations Declaration of Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.
“It’s a day to remember that children need love and respect to grow to their full potential,” says the Canadian Child Care Federation. “It’s a day to marvel at their uniqueness and all they have to offer. It’s a day to celebrate the family and think about how adults affect the development of children close to them.”
Canada has made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes that they be given the opportunity to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.
Enjoy this special day to honour the children in your life!
You can find out more at www.childday.gc.ca.