Sri Lanka celebrates World Children’s and Elders day today. The national ceremony of the world children’s day celebration will be held today at Sethsiripaya – Battaramulla. Another celebration scheduled to be held today at Sugathadasa Stadium. A number of functions are being organized in many areas today to mark the world children’s day and elders’ day.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights. Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations. World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. Though, the World Children’s Day officially falls on November 20th, Sri Lanka and several other countries celebrate the day today.
Issuing a message on the President Ranil Wickremasinghe says that the contemporary world that adults live in is not the world children see. It is very simple and delicate. They thirst for curiosity. As adults, we should understand this wisely and make sure to create a unique world for them, he said. The president in his message says that “If you consider the past few years, it is evident that the present society is very different from the social background in which the children lived a few years ago. There are many disclosures made by the media in this regard. In such a background, it is his duty as the head of state, to ensure that all the children of the country receive a balanced and nutritious diet containing the right amount of calories. The president says his mission at this moment is to create a developed country for the future generations of this land. It is our duty to take care of the elderly community who have made unprecedented sacrifices to preserve children’s pleasant childhood and the country’s betterment. It is interconnected with our culture. Food, education, sport recreation, rest sleep mental and health wellbeing are only a few of children’s requirements. We are both culturally and legally bound to ensure these facilities. It is my view that it is the responsibility of all parents, teachers and civil society representatives, apart from the government, to fulfil these needs, he says. The president requests everyone to join hands in committing ourselves to ushering in era where all children and elders will be taken care of compassionately.