Universal Children’s Day
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.
Every child possesses a unique set of talents, interests and abilities. Our culture has a tendency to focus on overcoming weaknesses rather than appreciating and developing strengths.
As children set foot in the world, they learn to measure their own worth through a comparison with others. The messages they receive through education and media encourage them to chase the same type of intelligence, the same type of personality and the same type of beauty. However, the world doesn’t need 7 billion extroverted, aesthetically flawless Steve Jobs’. The world needs humanitarians, innovators and artists. It needs dreamers and realists; right-brains and left-brains; people who live by thinking and people who live by feeling.
Children will experience a far more fulfilling life if they find value in their individuality and devote their time to strengthening their natural gifts. As Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken”.
Our job as parents is to provide children with the environment and care required to help them develop these strengths. We have to combat society’s efforts to homogenize our children and instead guide them in developing a passion and confidence to thrive in the world.
A child should never be restricted by their race, religion, sex, economic standing or any other status. Every child is entitled to a list of fundamental rights that ensure they have the tools to experience a prosperous and fulfilling life.
On November 20th, 1989, the UN General Assembly introduced the Convention on the Rights of the Child to outline and solidify these fundamental rights. They are rights to protection, provision and participation- all geared towards helping children reach their maximum potential. According to Unicef’s summary of the Convention, every child has the right to life, to health, to play, to family life, and to an education that “develops each child’s talents and abilities to the fullest”.
In celebration of the recognition of these rights, the UN General Assembly appointed Nov. 20th as Universal Children’s Day. It is a day to celebrate comradery, individual differences, universal brotherhood and the remarkable potential of all children. So this year, let it serve as a reminder to help children whose families lack the resources to provide some of these rights.
In Alberta, one in 10 children are living in poverty. One in 10 families are being forced to choose between basic needs. One in 10 children are being denied some of their fundamental rights.
Here at We Did It, we strive to nurture every child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs. That is why we work to create an inclusive environment that fosters creativity, positive social interaction, proper health and nutrition and a dedication to academics. We hope that you will join us in our pursuit to inspire children to reach their highest potential.