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UNICEF Celebrates 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNICEF The Gambia and partners on 23rd November celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@30). More than 100 children from across The Gambia, government representatives, diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, private sector, UNICEF staff and their families attended a children’s fun fair in Kanifing to celebrate CRC@30.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international human rights treaty that guarantees the protection of the rights and welfare of all children in every part of the world. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 20, 1989. The Gambia ratified it in August 1990 and subsequently enacted the Children’s Act in 2005.

To celebrate the historic event, children in The Gambia, through the support and coordination of UNICEF and the Government of The Gambia, have been taking part in a series of activities to raise awareness on the fundamental principles of the CRC and to encourage all stakeholders to do more to support child rights.

The fun fair in Kanifing also featured the finals of the national inter-school art and literary competition organized by UNICEF and Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE). Several schools in all seven regions took part in the regional preliminaries and the regional winners made it to the national finals. Schools submitted sculptures, paintings and essays on child rights.

After careful evaluation of the submissions of all the finalists, a panel of judges named Brikama Upper and Senior Secondary School in the West Coast Region national champions with a prize of US$15,000. All other finalists won prizes ranging from US$10,000 to US$3000. The funds are meant to support the winners implement their ideas in their schools or communities. 

Meanwhile, earlier in the week, UNICEF and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare convened a joint press briefing at the UN House to mark CRC@30. At the briefing, UNICEF Gambia Representative Sandra Lattouf called for the protection and fulfillment of the right of every child without bias and discrimination. The deputy executive director of Women’s Bureau Kajali Sonko, who represented the Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare assured children of government’s strong commitment to the protection and fulfillment of the rights and welfare of all children. #CRC30

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