raqi Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Safia Taleb al-Suhail has patronized the celebration held by the Rosary Sisters College in Misdar, central Amman, marking the United Nations Universal Children’s Day which is observed every year on November 20.
College Director Sister Caroline Bader said that the celebration, titled "My Childhood is a Poem of Hope whose Poet is Peace," is reminiscent of the importance to have children live in a healthy and sound society, particularly in some Arab countries which are witnessing heartbreaking scenes of children whose dreams for a bright future have been wrecked.
Sister Bader also greeted all the excelling children who challenge the prevailing circumstances of injustice and destruction, such as those suffering from Down Syndrome, autism and disabilities who have excelled in sports, arts, literature and science, and who became a model to be emulated in their determination to have their aspirations come true. The school director also stressed the need to preserve the children's basic rights to security, education, health and psychological care.
Present at the ceremony were Regional Director of the Rosary Sisters Sister Madeline Dababneh, parish priest Fr. Adnan Bader, a number of priests and nuns as well parents of students who presented several performances. The Iraqi ambassador, who presented the children with gifts, was later presented with the shield of the Rosary Sisters College.
It is to be noted that the United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 every year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20 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.