The Emirate of Sharjah is emerging as societies around the world celebrate the International Children’s Day, which falls on the 20th of November every year, as one of the global cities that provide foundations and sound foundations to strengthen the pillars of society by empowering its children and providing an ideal and conducive environment for their upbringing and growth after they scored a great achievement in the field of childcare and protection of their rights when it was named a friendly city for children and young people in 2018.
This title that the emirate deserved came as a translation of the efforts of the various bodies and bodies that initiated cooperation with the “Sharjah Child-Friendly Office” and joined with qualitative efforts to the initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF” “Cities friendly to children and adolescents”, which aims to make the greatest positive impact in the life of Children and adolescents in the cities in which they live.
The Sharjah Child Friendly Office is one of the most prominent entities that have taken upon itself to promote the emirate’s orientations and consolidate its culture towards the child by shedding light on various issues of empowering the child, knowing his needs, developing his capabilities and providing an enabling environment that provides him with all the necessary tools and capabilities to ensure his full rights and allow him to participate actively. In the community.
In response to the global celebrations of Children’s Day, which chose climate change as the focus of its activities, the office launched an innovative competition for children and adolescents from around the world under the title “From Sharjah to the Children of the World” on social media platforms to participate by drawing or writing a story and publishing it on their accounts expressing the environment, preserving it, and addressing climate change For a better future for new generations.
Dr. Hessa Khalfan Al-Ghazal, Executive Director of the Sharjah Child-Friendly Office, said that the International Children’s Day is an occasion that allows the various concerned authorities and institutions in all countries of the world the opportunity to look and review the goals that have been achieved on child rights issues at all health, psychological, societal and environmental levels, and to rely on them to continue the process that crosses It also allows everyone to reflect on the challenges they face around the world due to conflicts, conflicts, poverty, natural disasters and the consequences of climate change, which affects their well-being, growth, education, health and security.
She pointed out that the Sharjah Child Friendly Office does not work in isolation from global trends, as it launched this year’s competition in line with the global trend that focuses on the issue of climate change and its impact on the reality of children and their rights around the world, as the office chose the worlds of art and creative writing to be the gateway for children to express their perceptions. And their aspirations towards protecting the environment, in addition to encouraging and stimulating their abilities to engage in understanding what is going on around the world and thus providing them with the opportunity to express their views on various issues that concern them, not only locally but also globally.
Since its establishment, the office has launched a group of projects and initiatives and has participated in many events and conferences concerned with strengthening the reality of the child, protecting his rights, creating an appropriate environment for his growth and providing him with various tools necessary to develop his skills through the provision of education, health, psychological and physical care, and his participation as an active and influential element in society.
The office seeks to involve all individuals and segments of the Emirati society and its various sectors in promoting the reality of the child, as it realizes the importance of this day and its pivotal role in engaging parents, teachers, doctors, governments, civil society institutions, business owners and media professionals in highlighting the issues that affect the lives of children to be a station of change and development for children. And for their communities and countries.
In addition to addressing environmental issues in line with the international theme of celebrating World Children’s Day 2020, the Office’s efforts do not stop at addressing a specific issue, but rather include in its programs and activities various challenges and difficulties that hinder the child’s development in an enabling environment.