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Children to celebrate 30th anniversary of Rights of the Child

Four small, laughing boys sit together in a row.

Photo: Preston Ramos

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Dozens of Winnipeg school children will join national and international representatives of SOS Children’s Villages at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) for World Children’s Day this Wednesday, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Students in Grades 4 to 7 will participate in programs throughout the Museum that explore human rights in Canada and the contributions of outstanding human rights defenders, experiencing interactive games and activities, exhibits, films and discussions.

Regina Nyamekye.

The morning will end with a special event for the children and invited guests in the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation, featuring remarks from SOS Children’s Villages representatives – including Regina Nyamekye, who grew up in an SOS Children’s Village in Ghana. She is now pursuing a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies at the University of Saskatchewan, after studying in British Columbia and England, and working for one of Ghana’s top law firms. She has dedicated her life to education, volunteerism and helping others.

A photography exhibition called There’s No Place Like Home, featuring the work of SOS to protect children’s rights around the world will also be officially launched to help mark the organization’s 50th anniversary this year.

WHAT: 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WHERE: CMHR, Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation

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Senator Patricia Bovey will join the President and CEO of SOS Children’s Village Canada Thomas Bauer, the National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Mexico Dirk Glas, and CMHR education program manager Lise Pinkos at the event, presented by EQ3, SOS premiere corporate sponsor.

World Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children's welfare. November 20 is also the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. These children’s rights milestones are presented in a CMHR exhibit on Level 4.

SOS Children’s Villages Canada is part of the world’s largest children’s charity, working with orphaned and abandoned children in more than 130 countries and territories around the world. Founded in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages is recognized for providing the world’s most vulnerable children with a loving home and all the supports they need to thrive. SOS Children’s Villages also supports children, youth and adults through its kindergartens, schools, youth programs, medical centres, vocational training centres, family strengthening programs and emergency response programs.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Using multimedia technology and other innovative approaches, the CMHR creates inspiring encounters with human rights for all ages, in a visitor experience unlike any other.

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