by Alfonso Jesús Calero Treminio, General Manager of DIDES (Asociación Dimensiones del Desarrollo), an NGO in El Sauce
It was in 1954 when the General Assembly of the United Nations recommended that a universal Children’s Day be instituted in all countries, a day devoted exclusively to reaffirming the rights of children and allocating various activities for the welfare of the world’s youngest generations.
Countries celebrate on different dates, according to how each government believes appropriate, but the meaning remains the same in all. Children’s Day in Nicaragua is celebrated effusively every year, dedicated to the little ones who represent the future of our society. It is celebrated with activities to ratify and promote their rights to the Nicaraguan community. Moreover, Nicaraguan law established through Act 208 that the celebration be a full week. It instituted it as a yearly celebration from June 1 to June 7.
Last week in Nicaragua, the national government, municipal authorities, NGOs, and society in general, through various expressions, focused on the promotion, protection and implementation of the rights of boys and girls.
More than a holiday, it is important to teach our children in Nicaragua to appreciate what they have. They know that there are other children in the world who do not enjoy their rights fully. It is important for our children to make the most of their opportunities because, in the not too distant future, they will need to be persons useful to themselves and to society. And we should not forget how we ourselves enjoyed being children. Recall that by the love and understanding we give our children in Nicaragua, we are guarantors of their inherent right to live and be happy.