Education gives children the chance to choose things that would otherwise be chosen for them. These choices mean that as children grow older, they will have a new world of opportunities available to them and over generations, this can break the cycle of poverty and be given a chance for a better life.
The good news is the world is making progress on education. In the past two decades more than 43 million have received access to an education. However, there is still a lot to be done, there are still 61 million children that don’t go to school.
This October, schools around Australia have a chance to help change this situation for our nearest neighbours through UNICEF Day for Children. Held on Universal Children’s Day, October 24th 2012, children come dressed in blue to school and learn about what life is like for many children overseas.
Traditionally, funds raised from this day go towards the cause of education in developing countries. Since 2006, Australian students have helped raise more than $245,000 to help children in Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique and Timor-Leste receive access to education and the chance for a brighter future.
Through UNICEF Day for Children, students in Australia have the chance to partner with UNICEF to help other children receive the right to education we’re so freely given here in Australia. Schools can register to hold a fundraiser on this day and work together with students to provide others with the opportunities we are given around the world.
However, it doesn’t stop there. In Australia and abroad, Universal Children’s Day is a chance to find out about our rights and responsibilities enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
If you are a school teacher, parent, child, or someone who would like to find out more about the rights and responsibilities of children, UNICEF Australia has developed UNICEF Day for Children educational resources to help children find out more about growing up in the world and the rights they are entitled to. Through helping children abroad, Australian children can also find out more about their own situation at home, and what constitutes as right and wrong.
To find out more about the day, UNICEF Australia’s Children’s Ambassador Morris Gleitzman has made a short video about the day, and how your support for UNICEF Day for Children can make a life changing difference.
Together, on October 24th, we have the chance to make a change whether in Australia and abroad–our actions could save a child’s life. Find out how you can take part at www.unicefdayforchildren.org.au
UNICEF Australia’s Young Ambassadors will be helping schools across Australia celebrate UNICEF Day for Change.
Together, on October 24th, we have the chance to make a big difference to the lives of children who still miss out on their right to go to school. Don’t miss your chance to help make a change! Register your school today.
About the author
Marie is 15 years old and is a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador. She is passionate about using her skills in writing and public speaking to engage young people in learning about child rights and working together to realise these for all children. Marie is involved in the NSW State Youth Advisory Committee and the Kogarah Youth Advisory Committee.
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