Children ‘take over’ their day

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From politics to business to media, children across Nigeria – and the world – have taken over important, high visibility roles to highlight World Children’s Day – 20 November…

UNICEF is striving to make World Children’s Day an annual signature moment “For children, By children” all over the world. The goal is to make World Children’s Day a fun day – but with a serious message. 20 November is the anniversary of the 1989 adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has supported substantial and measurable advances in child survival and development, raised awareness of and expanded solutions to child protection risks and promoted child participation as a fundamental right of children.

Children have set Nigerian media alight today, including taking over national, international and local broadcasts on Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria; the Kaduna State Media Corporation; Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service; the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State; Anambra Broadcasting Service; Cross River Broadcasting Corporation; Radio Rivers; Lagos Television; Inspiration FM; Radio Lagos, Eko FM; Breeze FM Akure; Positive FM Akure; Bauchi State Television and BBC Hausa language service.

In Kaduna State, a 14 year-old girl took over as Commissioner for the day of the State Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development.

In Abuja, guests at the Hilton Hotel were intrigued to find children in some of the key roles – including guest relations, security and even the General Manager.

UNICEF would like to extend its thanks to all those who participated in raising awareness about children’s rights today, giving children a voice in their future and underlining the importance of investing in children.

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