The international children’s day is held on various dates in different countries. June 1 is the date where most of the countries celebrate the children’s day, almost fifty countries in the world. While other countries celebrate this day in other dates of the year.
Back in history the children’s day was celebrated nationally from 1923 when the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed and that time Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as the first President of the country dedicated this day to the children all around the world. The children’s day in Turkey officially was proclaimed on 23d April 1929.
From 1935 the Turkish government combined two events the national sovereignty and children’s day and from then and now they celebrate them in the same day.
June 1 was proclaimed to be International Children Day in 1925, when the World Conference for the Well-Being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland was held.
Also the Chinese consul – general in San Francisco gathered a number of orphans to celebrate the Dragon Boat festival which happened to be on June 1 that year.
20 November is the universal children’s day celebrated in the world.
The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
In this beautiful children’s day what did you do? What is the state of the children with disabilities in our country? And is our society doing enough to promote and protect them?
In this day I was together with 400 children coming from different schools mainly from Dukagjini area. An event organised by KFOR supported by OSCE and Handikos. The main reason of this event was to support children with disabilities, integrate them in the society through sports activity.
Together with the children we did a lot of different sports activities some of them were jumping in gymnastic bed, some played basketball and volleyball and some did some other exercises inside the gym. In another corner some other children were entertaining and doing some music.
In this event I also met a lot of people who are in charge and who work in different organisation to promote the children’s rights in our country and we were talking about what is our country and society doing for them? Unfortunately Kosovo does not respect and promote enough the children’s right in general and especially children’s rights with disabilities. They lack educational system, they don’t provide a quality service for them, the infrastructure is blocked for people with disabilities, etc. Kosovo needs to improve and promote their rights.
Sport can help a lot to connect children, to raise awareness among people for children with disabilities, to accept them so they don’t feel outsider because they are not. I really hope that our institutions and more people will help this community to promote and protect them in every possible way.
If you want to read more information you can check the link below:
http://www.handi-kos.org/ and their publications