It’s Children’s Day in Nigeria today. I actually thought Children’s Day was celebrated on the same day internationally. It turns out I was wrong. We celebrate it in Nigeria on the 27th of May but other countries do so on different days. Even though there is an official International Children’s Day which is the 1st of June not all countries observe it. Added to that there is a Universal Children’s Day which is supposed to be on November 20th. It’s all a bit confusing.
But the simple message can’t be lost. Value and cherish all children and fight for their rights whenever possible. These days serve as focal points to assess the state of children’s welfare in the various countries around the world. I always like to say positive things about my country when I can but in this case we are failing miserably.
Child and mother mortality rates are to high. Not enough girls are going to school. In fact not enough children are going to school period. However I do know a lot of Nigerian people and organisations and also international development groups are doing great work in trying to turn things around. But what we are all trying to avoid is the usual thing when politicians drag out school kids to parade grounds and stadiums nationwide for the usual ’inspirational’ speech about how the children are our future blah blah blah and then get the photo opportunity . Only to disappear until the next year with no real improvement to show on ground. Less talk more action.
Have a good Children’s Day Nigeria. A lot of work still needs to be done by all of us.