Children’s Day is a special day dedicated to celebrating and honoring children worldwide. In Nigeria, Children’s Day is celebrated annually on May 27th. The origin of Children’s Day in Nigeria can be traced back to the United Nations.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959. This declaration outlined the fundamental rights and freedoms that should be granted to all children. It emphasized the importance of nurturing, protecting, and ensuring the well-being of children.
Inspired by this declaration, the United Nations established Universal Children’s Day, which is celebrated globally on November 20th each year. However, in Nigeria, the date was moved to May 27th to commemorate the day when Nigeria became independent from British colonial rule in 1960.
Children’s Day in Nigeria serves as a reminder of the rights and welfare of children. It is a day when children are celebrated and honored for their innocence, potential, and significance in society. The day is marked with various activities, including school performances, cultural displays, talent shows, sports events, and awareness campaigns to promote child rights and well-being.
Children’s Day in Nigeria is an important occasion to advocate for children’s rights, raise awareness about child-related issues, and reflect on the progress made in ensuring the well-being of children while acknowledging the work that still needs to be done to improve their lives.