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World Children's Day 2016 - Gzira Local Council

Data tal-Pubblikazzjoni: Set 28, 2016

On 20 November 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of the Child. Exactly thirty years later, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Fast forward almost thirty years, Malta, along with many other countries, is celebrating Universal Children’s Day, aka World Children’s Day.

The common thread that knits these events together lies in the fact that children have fundamental rights, such as those to receive adequate care and education. Therefore, children’s rights are universal, meaning that all children, irrespective of social or cultural differences, must receive adequate care, education and a host of other things that are necessary to their well-being.

Today more than ever, the myriad differences that distinguish children from one another coexist under the roof of the same classroom, in the limits of the same village, in the territory of the same nation. It is very fitting that these differences and the universal rights that bind them together are being celebrated in Gżira, a Maltese town with a highly multicultural populace.

It is even more fitting that such celebrations as have been intelligently conceived and delivered by the Gżira Local Council, with the support inter alia of the Office of the Commissioner for Children, are culminating on 20 November. By nature, children are able to develop different identities, quickly mastering the language of a foreign country alongside their mother tongue, and easily making friends among native children outside or within their intra-ethnic social circles.   

Hence, celebrating Universal Children’s Day should also serve as humbling reminder of how easy and enriching it can be for people of different cultures and conditions to live as one community.