Children’s Week for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Saturday, January 22nd. There are until the next observance.
Every year in the fourth week of January, the Philippines observes Children’s Week. This year, it runs from January 22 to January 28. It is a week-long celebration of Filipino culture and values aimed at instilling these virtues in children. Traditional folktales and classic Filipino literature are reworked and presented in innovative ways, providing an opportunity for the Filipino cultural arts to flourish. Children can participate in storytelling, live performances, movies, and other culturally enriching activities. The greatest concern of every nation is generally its children, because their future ambitions depend on them. So, at the end of January, President Diosdado Macapagal, who was in charge of the Philippines at the time, started Children’s Week to promote children’s welfare and citizenship.
📆 When is Children’s Week?
This year, Children’s Week falls on the 4th Saturday in January; in 2023, it is on Sunday.
→ Did you know: Babies and toddlers can laugh up to 300 times every day.
📜 History of Children’s Week
The well-being of children is always a concern since they are the most vulnerable (and, some could say, valued) members of any community. Children may appear to be assets to be safeguarded and invested in, but most governments believe that children have the right to live happy lives devoid of fear and exploitation. Governments can utilize education and social welfare as primary means of ensuring that children are permitted to take steps toward a better life. Because of this, this concern is a lot more than just a matter of national pride for world leaders.
The United Nations has an important role to play in this step toward honoring and defending children’s rights and well-being. The 1925 Convention on Child Welfare created various observances, including World Children’s Day, and is credited with establishing one of the most generally approved human rights treaties to date. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was signed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989.
It recognizes that every child has the right to be protected as well as the chance to develop and participate in society. The Philippines was one of the first nations to adopt the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, and it has since strived to ensure that all of its children enjoy these rights.
Children in the Philippines face the most difficult challenge: violence against them at home, school, and in their communities. According to data, 80% of Filipino children have witnessed violence at some point in their lives. It’s no wonder that the well-being of children is still a hot topic today.
☑️ Children’s Week facts
✅ Inside-out expansion
Children develop from the inside out, much like their organ systems.
✅ The U.S. has a southpaw majority
Despite the fact that 90% of newborns are born right-handed, the United States has the greatest number of left-handed youngsters.
✅ Billions of brain cells
A child’s brain generates two million brain connections each second between the ages of one and two.
✅ It’s black and white
“Head south until the butter melts, then turn right” was originally a sailing guideline for getting to the West Indies from England.
✨ Things to do on Children’s Week
Dive into Filipino culture
Every country, including the Philippines, has a great heritage of customs and culture. Whether Filipino or not, cultural inquiry and respect are always recommended. This week is an ideal time to do so, as well as to learn more about the literary art and rich traditions of the Philippines.
Read up on children’s rights
Your attention has only been drawn to the tip of the iceberg. We have finally succeeded in dispelling the antiquated view that children should be “seen, not heard,” and it is now everyone’s responsibility to ensure that these-and all other-rights are not violated in any way. The greatest place to begin is by learning more about topics such as children’s rights and welfare, as well as how to resist infringement.
Volunteer to help educate
It’s time to pass on what you’ve learnt to them. An excellent place to start is by educating youngsters about their rights. There are several ways to become involved; all it takes is a simple search. Instead, talk to people in your neighborhood about fun ways to teach kids about their rights and responsibilities.
📅 Children’s Week Observances
We will continue to update this page with new information and cool facts about Children’s Week. So be sure to check back soon.