Monday, December 16, 2013

UNICEF Cambodia celebrated Universal Children’s Day

On 20 November, UNICEF Cambodia celebrated Universal Children’s Day, the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a day dedicated to children.

We invited children to submit drawings, paintings or poems to share with others around the world. The theme for Universal Children’s Day 2013 was ’End Violence against Children’. The pictures received illustrated where children felt safe and happy, and included portraits of their family, home, school and friends.
More than 100 contributions were received via Facebook and Twitter, and during a visit to the Boeng Chhouk Prochum Voan primary school in Sangkat Chbar Ampov of Khan Meanchey, Phnom Penh. Students in Grades 5 and 6 (aged 9 and 10) participated in the activity.

Using coloured pencils, crayons and markers, children at Boeng Chhouk Prochum Voan primary school worked individually and in groups to portray what Universal Children’s Day and a life without violence meant to them.

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF urged a much stronger light be shone on the children at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported. According to UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, “Violence against children does more than harm individual children, it undermines the fabric of society, affecting productivity, well-being, and prosperity. No society can afford to ignore violence against children.”

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By Mary Einbinder

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