Universal Children’s Day 2017

Working on ECD programmes brings to you the importance of Government investment in children’s beginnings and futures. We can do much more -reduce military and defense spending , for example, and invest in tried and tested interventions which not only save lives but provides the ‘best start in life’ for all children.


United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Universal Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

2017: It’s a #KidsTakeOver

To celebrate this year’s Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted on 20th November.

“From Auckland to Amman and from New York to N’Djamena, we want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential,” said Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”

The role of civil society in accountability systems: A human rights perspective — World Education Blog

By Zama Neff, director of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division From girls in rural Afghanistan, to children in immigration detention on the US-Mexico border, to grandmothers fleeing war in Sri Lanka, throughout my career working on children’s rights, I’ve heard firsthand the importance that education has for families and their children, even in the […]

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Accelerated Learning -more from INEE

Having worked on accelerated learning programmes in Vietnam and Tanzania I know how important it is for marginalised and out of school children to ‘catch up’ and not waste any more years of their schooling.

Accelerated Education – thematic page, new resources, more…
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

Accelerated Education (AE) is flexible, age-appropriate programming that promotes access to education in an accelerated timeframe for disadvantaged groups.

In 2016, the Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)  developed 10 Principles for Effective Practice for Accelerated Education and an accompanying Guide to Accelerated Education Principles. Field testing of these two tools was conducted between mid-2016 and March 2017. Based on the results and recommendations from the field testing, the AEWG revised all of the guidance materials and launched the final tools in October 2017.

The final versions of these tools and other relevant resources can be found on the Accelerated Education thematic webpage on the INEE website – www.ineesite.org/accelerated-education. The materials include:

Key takeaways from the 2017/8 GEM Report — World Education Blog

The 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring Report, Accountability in education: Meeting our commitments, fulfils its mandate to follow countries’ progress towards achieving the global education goal but also focuses on the theme of accountability in education. Why did we choose to write about accountability this year? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding […]

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