As a part of World Children's Day celebrations, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) alongside the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MoSS) in partnership with UNICEF Egypt, and with the generous contribution from the United States’ Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration held an edutainment event for children at Kidszania city hall in New Cairo.
The ceremony was attended by well-known and high-ranking figures including the talented Egyptian actress and singer Donia Samir Ghanem, UNICEF Egypt’s Goodwill Ambassador as well as UNICEF representatives.
The event aimed at marking and commemorating the anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in November 1989.
Approximately 300 children, including Egyptians, refugees, and migrants, participated in the celebration.
On this special day, the participating children 5- 14 years old enjoyed activities that promote inclusion and equity among all children.
World Children's Day is an inspiration to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions which would encourage us all to build a better world for our children, according to UNICEF Egypt.
Speaking to Sada Elbald English (SEE), Mr. Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt explained: "We also held this celebration to assist them in reconciling their issues so that they can build a future that meets their legitimate aspirations."
"We are here to work with our partners like the government and other domestic entities to ensure that the higher possible standers are met in terms of building children's future and fulfilling their rights. So it's about working on systems and working down on the ground with the children themselves," Hopkins explained.
In the same spirit, Hopkins took this occasion to confer words of praise upon the Egyptian government and also he expressed his gratitude to the officials of the ceremony for their excellent leadership in organizing this timely and significant ceremony.
He said earlier: “I am pleased to celebrate with children their global and national day. It’s an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to contribute our share and take up our collective responsibility in providing a dignified, safe and prosperous life to every girl and boy.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to UNICEF Egypt’s partners for their support and to UNICEF GoodWill Ambassador Donia Samir Ghanem for amplifying children’s rights. With her participation in today’s event, she is certainly helping us to draw a smile on children’s faces and to promote equity and the participation of the hard to reach and the most vulnerable," he added.
Meanwhile, renowned Egypt's celebrity and UNICEF Egypt’s Goodwill Ambassador Ghanem said, “It is our collective responsibility to provide opportunities for all children to live a safe and happy childhood. They have the right to learn, play and acquire the life skills necessary to enable them to live a better future."
During the celebration, many children from different nationalities opened up about what their motivations are, and what their hopes, aspirations, and dreams for the future are.
In a recently released report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the governmental agency mentioned that in Egypt, there are 39.6 million children (under 18 years old), while the number of adolescents and youth (aged 10 to 24 years) is estimated to reach 27.6 million.