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Australia Celebrates Children’s Week

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Media and Communications Office
 
This week, Australia celebrates Children’s Week, a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship and celebrated around Universal Children's Day. The theme of Children’s Week 2019 is the right of every child to good health and wellbeing.
 
Children’s Week has a long history in Australia.Supported by the Australian Government Department of Education, it’s an annual event celebrated during the fourth week in October, this year running from Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October, around Children’s Day, which is celebrated in Australia on 23 October. Children’s Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1954 as a day of ‘worldwide fraternity and understanding between children’.
 
In Australia, Child Care Week (as it was then known) was celebrated at different times during the year across states and focused on children in care or those in institutions. In 1984, the week was coordinated nationally to include all children.
 
‘Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood,’ the Children's Week website, says. ‘It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.’
 
‘Designated by the nations of the world, Universal Children’s Day calls society to a greater response to the plight of many millions of children around the world who are denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and education to develop their capacities. It also calls us in Australia to consider those conditions in society which affect the lives and future of our own children.’
 
During Children’s Week, local councils, not-for-profit organisations, schools and early childhood services organise a range of open days, displays and special events that celebrate childhood and showcase children's achievements.
 
The Children’s Week Council have made some great posters available which relate to 2019's theme. You can view these posters on the National Children's Week website or below:  
 
•             A Child's Right to be Healthy Poster

•             A Child's Right to Discover Poster

•             A Child's Right to be Safe Poster

•             A Child's Right to Speak Poster

•             A Child's Right to Play Poster

•             Rights of the Child Poster

•             National Poster

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