National Children’s Day UK!

Categories: Recreation and play and cultural activities

8th May 2015

Sunday 17th May 2015 will be National Children's Day UK: a day to celebrate children's rights! This year, celebrations will focus on the importance of play and playfulness to the health and wellbeing of both children and adults.

Children's Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1954 as a day of worldwide understanding between children. The Assembly suggested to governments that the day be observed on a date and in a way that each considers appropriate. Children's Day is recognised on various days in many places around the world.

The UK also takes part in International Children's Day on the 20th of November - the United Nations nominated day.

There are many events and activities taking play to help promote the importance of the right to play.

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges State Parties to recognise the right of every child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

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