5 Facts: Children’s Days Around The World


Today, May 17, is being observed as National Children’s Day in Jamaica. This Fact Friday, we share some information on the significance of Children’s Day in Jamaica and around the world.

  1. National Children’s Day is observed on the third Friday in May each year. The official proclamation was made by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on May 6, 2012. Prior to this proclamation, Jamaica was among the few countries worldwide that had not designated a day in honour of their children.
  2. Why is National Children’s Day observed on a Friday? According to the chairman of the National Child Month Committee, Dr Pauline Mullings, Friday was chosen so that the children can be celebrated at school, since some of them do not enjoy a loving atmosphere at home.
  3. National Children’s Day forms part of celebrations for National Child Month in May. Child Month was first observed in 1953, under the patronage of Lady Foote, wife of the then Governor Sir Hugh Foote.
  4. International Children’s Day was proclaimed on June 1, 1925 by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland. It is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and wellbeing, and other events involving or dedicated to children.
  5. Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations in 1954 to “encourage understanding between children and promote children’s welfare around the world.” It is held on November 20 each year, the same day the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

Visit the following links for children’s resources:

  1. Children’s rights in Jamaica
  2. Children with special needs
  3. Education resources