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Celebrate World Children's Day

Together, we can amplify children's voices

Children and young people are disproportionately affected by some of the world’s hardest issues. Currently, an estimated 333 million children live in extreme poverty, without the food, sanitation, shelter, healthcare and education they need to survive and thrive.

As a children's charity, World Vision supports this important day for encouraging children to raise their voices on the issues impacting them. Learn more about how we're helping children fulfil their potential and how you can get involved.

What is World Children's Day?

World Children’s Day is a day of action focusing on improving the lives of children around the world.

 From social media campaigns to debates between leaders and figureheads, UNICEF describes the day as a “day of action for children, by children”. You can get involved in World Children’s Day activities by campaigning for change and supporting children’s charities that focus on tackling child protection concerns.

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Children play together at a summer camp in Ukraine to find relief during ongoing conflict.

When is World Children’s Day?

World Children’s Day 2024 is on 20 November.

A popular date to celebrate World Children's Day is 20 November. It's recognised by the United Nations, with countries such as Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, and Kenya celebrating the day. This date was chosen in 1989, when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of a Child.

However, in the United Kingdom and Spain, World Children’s Day, also referred to as National Children's Day, is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year. Globally, World Children’s Day is marked on different days.

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What is this year’s World Children’s Day theme?

The theme for World Children’s Day 2024 is "Investing in our future means investing in our children".

Every year, a theme is decided for UNICEF World Children’s Day to help focus the efforts of the day and campaigns. In 2023, the theme was “For every child, every right". The theme aimed to recognise children's rights and to demand action to protect and prioritise the rights of every child.


11-month-old girl from Cambodia being held by her mother
We're sharing knowledge with parents to ensure children, like 11-month-old Dathep, can access nutrient-rich meals

How World Vision is helping

We are a passionate children’s charity that has been working to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world since 1950. Our focus lies on helping children in the most dangerous and difficult places to experience fullness of life and reach their God-given potential.

For over 70 years, we’ve helped during natural disasters, in refugee camps, during famines and other large-scale issues. It wouldn't be possible without generous supporters like you, helping us to reach more children in the hardest places.

Reaching children like Ayan

Ayan, six, lives in Kenya. Gone are the days when she, and her fellow pupils had to attend classes under a tree because her school didn't have enough classrooms. Thanks to generous supporters, World Vision was able to build classrooms and improve their learning environment.

"I like this new classroom because of its colours and the beautiful wall hangings," says Ayan with a big smile on her face. "I also have a chair and table for writing. Thanks to the chair, my uniform always stays clean." 

Kenyan six-year-old girl sat at a desk with a cheeky smile
Ayan loves studying in her new classroom

Bright faces and bright futures

The classroom environment makes a big difference to learners. Before, the students were unmotivated and often got distracted, with books being blown away in the wind. But now, the school has reached a record number of pupils continuing to higher education.

"It fills my heart with joy to see happy children with not only bright faces but bright futures," explains Burji, the local chief.

Getting a good education increases a child's future employment opportunities and protects them from harmful activities like early marriage and child labour.

Together, we can make a difference

Thanks to your donations, we’ve impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty. If you want to join us to celebrate World Children's Day, there are a range of ways you can support our children’s charity. Whether you choose to donate or sponsor a child, you’ll be helping us create a long-lasting impact on children's lives.

Discover more about how you can support our work and help the most vulnerable children reach their full potential.

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