World Children’s Day: Children take the lead

World Children’s Day is celebrated in an effort to promote awareness of children’s wellbeing and rights around the globe. November 20th 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.

International Step By Step Association (ISSA) is a champion for children, aiming to ensure that our youngest citizens are given the opportunity to meet their full potential. On this day ISSA is helping place children at the forefront. In the spirit of UNICEF’s #KidsTakeOver campaign we asked 12 children from five countries to answer three questions – allowing them to “take over” the conversation about what is important to them. You can read their interviews below.

Teymur, Azerbaijan (9 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
If I had a superpower it would be being super smart. I would help people who are in trouble solve the mysteries of the world. I would be a Sherlock Holmes-like detective, whose help and advice everyone would seek.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
Every child has a right to be happy and to read books of their own choosing. 

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
I would make more child-friendly places and museums where children would be able to go to during the weekend, have fun and learn something new. 

Sebestyén, Hungary (10 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
A power to help adults remembering their happy childhood, not to forget about how it was when they were children.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
Having lunch provided in all schools.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
I would make smoking zones everywhere, and smoking would be allowed only in these areas.

Buna, Kosovo (8 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
If I had a super power, I would help all the lost children find their mam and dad, I would also heal all the sick children.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
All children should have a house.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
If I was a boss I will change the polluted air.

Darian, Kosovo (8 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I wish I had the superpower so that I can heal every sickness in the world, I would heal all the children in the whole world.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
I would like for every child to have a house.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
I would love for all reach people to share their money with poor.

Viola, Kosovo (9 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would like to help all children of the world so that all have a good life, enough food and clothes.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
I wish all children had parents.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
First of all, I would clean the city, and I would make it green and a better place for games.

Morena, Kosovo (6 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would save all the children that are in danger, and I would work on fixing all their problems.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
That all children have good schools.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
To speak to all the children about everything and give them all toys.       

Jara, Kosovo (7 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would help all children of the world so they don't live in poverty, and they have good schools.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
So that all children have right to school and are all respected.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
Respect to rights of children. Improvement of their life conditions. I would create places that would be secure and comfortable for games. I would fix the parks for recreation. I would give books to all children.

Shaban, Kosovo (6 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would be a supermen to make sure that all children have good food to eat, and I would fix all people's broken houses.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
All children should have schools with big playgrounds so they have a lot of fun

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
I would make a big school with big playground

Nihada, Kosovo (8 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would take all the money from the banks and give children that beg on the streets, and I would also build houses for them

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
All children should have the right to having enough food

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
I would make sure everyone has good houses and pretty streets

Rūdolfs, Latvia (9 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
I would use the super power to make all children healthy, so that they are never ill.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
Children would be always happy and never sad.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
​I would give money to sick children and help them to recover.

Bobbie, The Netherlands (6 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
To duplicate things so I can build houses for everyone and give the children all over the world enough food to eat.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
That every child can have a pet if they want.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
A drone with things for children attached to it so we can send these things to children really fast. Kids can write this on a piece of paper and send their request in.

Rox, The Netherlands (10 years old)

If you had a superpower, that you could use to improve the lives of  all children in the world, what would that be and how would you use it?
To fly. And take children to safe countries.

If you could choose one thing you think all children in the world should have the right to, what would that be?
That no child has to fight in an army and that they are safe.

If you were the boss of your country, what would you change or create to help all children?
More smoke free spaces. And that children can choose more what they want to do at school. For instance they can say what they need to learn.

#KidsTakeOver is a fun way to celebrate a day that focuses on children. Still, there is a serious message here. Children’s voices are too often undervalued – how different our world would look if they were appreciated.

We hope World Children’s Day will encourage those working in the field of early childhood education and care, and beyond, to uplift the voices of children.

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