Why do we celebrate Children’s Day?
You’ve heard so many people say it: children are the future. And whether you have children or not, that still rings true. Today’s children are tomorrow’s bankers, doctors and teachers.
Children will inherit all of what humanity has managed to accomplish since the beginning of its existence, both the good and honorable deeds and terrible failures. It is the children of today that will be charged with protecting the weak and vulnerable of this country, and making even the hardest of decisions in order to do so.
This special day is dedicated to all of the children, so that they may enjoy these carefree years while they last and be ready for the responsibilities that await them.
The brief history of Children’s Day
The International Children’s Day had its origin in Turkey in 1920 (April 23, 1920) and later in the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925.
Children’s Day was first celebrated worldwide in October 1955, under the sponsorship of International Union for Child Welfare in Geneva.
First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.
It was also chosen as the day to celebrate childhood. Generally, children get all excited and eagerly await the day
All the local schools go to their local stadium where each school has a special march which they perform.The school with the best marching performance wins the honour for that year.
The brief History of Children’s Day in Nigeria
May 27 is traditionally the Children’s Holiday in Nigeria. First established by the United Nations in 1964, the day remains important in the lives of many Nigerian kids.
On this day every year, children are granted a holiday while several social activities are centered on them. Excused from school, most kids converge at stadiums,churches and centers to commemorate the event.
It has also become the habit of some government officials and media organisations to honour some children with leadership opportunities.
Certain radio and TV stations do this by featuring child broadcasters on air and letting them anchor their programmes for the early part of the day.
Furthermore, information from UNICEF as at August, 2018 states that 7m childbirths occur in Nigeria annually. This shows how important they are in Nigeria’s national statistics.
One would wonder then if parents should not strive to ensure good parenting.
As we celebrate another children’s day, parents should sincerely evaluate their parent-child relationships.
If in doubt that their efforts are adequate or that the children are heading in the right direction, they should make proper amendments.