SOLA celebrates… Universal Children’s Day


The 20th November is an important day for children and caregivers all over the world. Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954, and since 1990, it has marked the day when the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

This Universal Children’s Day, there is a global day of action ‘by children, for children’. It’s a fun day, with a serious message. Here at SOLA, we’re encouraging everyone to Sign The Petition - it’s a commitment to build a world where every child is learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential.

What are the Rights of a Child?

In 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. This Convention is the most widely used international human rights treaty. It sets out a number of children’s rights, including the Right to Life, Health, Education and Play. It also sets out a child’s right to Family Life and Protection Against Violence and Discrimination. Above all, it sets out a child’s right to a childhood. By setting these intentions and committing them to a Convention, it means that when a country, leaders or government are violating these human rights, it is easier to step in to help solve the problem.  

Children Are Incredibly Resilient

Over half of the world’s refugees are children. We’ve heard the term ‘unaccompanied minor’- but what does it mean? Many of this child refugees will spend their entire childhood away from home, separated from their families. These children may have witnessed or experienced violent acts, are at risk of abuse, violence or exploitation. They might make long journeys alone, and eventually seek asylum status alone in a new country. In 2017, there were 2,206 applications of asylum from unaccompanied children to the UK. There was a 45% chance of these unaccompanied children being refused asylum, and this chance increased if the child turned 18 whilst the application was being undertaken. 

However - children are incredibly resilient. By learning, playing and exploring their skills through being creative, they can find ways to cope and be strong. 

SOLA’s Family Play Schemes

As part of our art therapy programs we run play schemes and family interventions through creativity and therapy by qualified Art Psychotherapist and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist. We also run family creative play sessions and provide opportunities for families to develop the children’s confidence through creativity as part of our wider programs.

Hear the latest about them from Nesrin here.

Post by Grace Edwards

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